Indonesia's anti-terror squad nabs 6 IS-linked militants

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-04 20:16:58|Editor: xuxin
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JAKARTA, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The anti-terror squad of the Indonesian National Police known as Detachment 88 has arrested six alleged militants believed to be members of a cell affiliated with the IS group, a senior police officer said on Wednesday.

The six persons had engaged in recruitment and activities preparing for terrorist plots before being captured separately in Indonesia's province of West Nusa Tenggara, provincial police chief Inspector General Nana Sudjana said.

The police chief said the persons allegedly grouped themselves in an outlawed Jemaah Anshorut Daulah (JAD) which is loyal to the IS group in Syria and Iraq.

So far, Sudjana said that the police had found out an activity to spread radicalism teachings among residents in the province and persuade them to join the militant group.

Activities with tendency to terrorist acts have also been detected, the police chief said.

"The activities include a military-style training," he said.

The six persons were arrested by the Detachment 88 on Friday and Saturday in the province, local media reported.

The Christmas and New Year Eve celebrations had been frequently targeted by the militants in Indonesia, prompting the authorities to beef up security.

Although police personnel have been recently targeted the most by the militants, churches and Christian religious activities are still on their target.