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Indonesian Police raided a Terrorist Cell Tied to a Greater Al-Qaeda Recruitment Network for the War on Syria

Indonesia’s Densus 88 anti-terrorism police unit. Photo: Antara News Agency

Indonesia’s Densus 88 anti-terrorism police unit. Photo: Antara News Agency

nsnbc , – During the night of 31 December 2013, the Indonesian anti-terrorism police squad Densus 88, confronted and shot dead six terrorist suspects in the city of Ciputat, in the South Tangeran district of Indonesia’s Bantan province. Police chief Saturman reported that one of the suspects had undergone all necessary preparations for being deployed to take part in the war on Syria, and that all six belonged to the Al-Qaeda linked terrorist organization known as the Abu Roban group.

The Indonesian news agency Antara News reported after the operation one week ago, that a spokesperson for Indonesia’s National Police, Boy Rafli Amar, said that the police managed to arrest a terrorist suspect known as “Anton” in Banyumas, in the Central Java province. Boy added, that Anton provided information about his accomplices living in the Ciputat area.

Boy stated that five out of the six suspects which were confronted and killed on 31 December have been identified as Daeng alias Dayat alias Hidayat, Nurul Haq alias Dirman, Oji alias Tomo, Rizal alias Teguh, Hendi and Ujuh Edo alias Amril. The Antara News Agency quotes police spokesman Boy as saying that Anton and his friends were suspects in a bomb attack against an orphanage in Beji, in the Depok District in the West Java Province carried out in September 2012. The suspects are allegedly also responsible for the shooting of the two police officers Brig Maulana and Kus Hendratma in Podok Aren in the Banten Province in August 2013.

Subsequent further investigations into the shooting of the six terrorist suspects, Indonesia’s Police General Saturman said on 2 January, that one of the six terror suspects who were killed by the Densus 88 anti-terrorism police squad on 31 December 2013, Nurul Haq, was planning to wage “Jihad” in Syria. The news agency quotes Saturman as saying:

“Nurul Haq was planning to go to Syria to wage Jihad and he had completed the required preparations, such as preparing the passport, fulfilling visa requirements, and other necessary preparations”. 

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