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Indonesian police arrest 8 suspected militants, a part of a banned extremist group with al-Qaida hyperlinks

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Indonesia’s elite counterterrorism police arrested eight suspected militants in latest days believed to be a part of a brand new cell linked to Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked group, authorities stated on April 20.

Police performed raids in Central Sulawesi province between April 16 and April 18, stated Agus Nugroho, the provincial police chief, including that 5 suspects had been arrested within the metropolis of Palu, two in Sigi, and one in Poso which is a identified extremist hotbed.

Two laptops, a number of mobile telephones and paperwork, together with jihadist books had been seized and suspects had been being interrogated, Nugroho stated.

National Police spokesperson Trunoyudo Wisnu Andiko stated the arrests had been the results of data obtained from 59 suspected militants detained in October 2023.

“(The eight) all actively participate in organisation activities, particularly in military-style training and collecting funds for alleged plans of terror acts,” Mr. Andiko informed reporters on the National Police headquarters within the capital, Jakarta. He added that convicted leaders of the group and veteran fighters in Afghanistan had been recruiting and coaching new members.

Jemaah Islamiyah is liable for a number of assaults inside Indonesia, particularly, the 2002 bombings on the resort island of Bali that killed 202 folks, largely overseas vacationers. A court docket banned the group in 2008 and fixed counterterrorism crackdowns, supported by the United States and Australia, have weakened it additional.

Last 12 months, police arrested a complete of 142 suspected militants, together with 4 girls, and fatally shot two others on southern Sumatra island.

Militant assaults on foreigners in Indonesia have been largely changed lately by smaller, much less lethal strikes concentrating on the federal government, primarily police and anti-terrorism forces, and folks militants contemplate to be infidels, impressed by Islamic State group techniques overseas.

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