The Indonesian National Police said on Friday that its counter-terrorism squad had arrested 53 suspected terrorists in 11 provinces of plotting to commit terrorist acts during the country’s Independence Day.
Police spokesman Inspector General Argo Yuwono said on Monday that of the 53 suspected terrorists, 50 belonged to the banned Jemaah Islamia (JI) group and the other three belonged to the outlawed Jemaah Ansarut Daulah (JAD). “They plan to use the moment of August 17, Independence Day (to terrorize),” Yuwono said, adding that the arrests were made from August 12 to 17.
According to reports, eight suspected terrorists were apprehended in North Sumatra, three in Jambi, one each in West Kalimantan and Maluku, East Kalimantan and South Sulawesi provinces. Meanwhile, six suspects were apprehended in Banten, four in West Java, 11 in Central Java, six in East Java and seven from Lampung Province. The Indonesian National Police’s Anti-Terrorism Squad, known as Densus 88, has arrested 13 suspected terrorists in the country’s Riau province.