JAKARTADAILY.ID - The National Police's Counterterrorism Special Detachment 88 or Densus 88 arrested five terrorist suspects in South Tangerang, Banten, on Sunday, April 3, 2022.
The alleged terrorists were said to be members of the Indonesian Islamic State (NII) terrorist group.
The Head of the Public Information Bureau of the National Police Public Relations Division, Brigadier General Police Ahmad Ramadhan, said the identity of the terrorist could not be revealed since the police were still investigating and examining their involvement.
Ahmad later explained that the recent terrorist arrest was the continuity of the previous case of the suspected NII terrorist in West Sumatra. "We will inform you later of the developments [of the operation]," he said as quoted by Antara.
Previously, Densus 88 had arrested 16 terrorist suspects in West Sumatra. The arrests of terrorist suspects were carried out at different locations, 12 suspects in Dharmasraya Regency, then four other suspects in Tanah Datar Regency.
According to the police, each of them was assigned different roles, ranging from carrying out attempts to overthrow the Indonesian government to actively recruiting members.
Head of the Operational Assistance Section of Densus 88 Police Grand Commissioner Aswin Siregar said on Monday, March 28, 2022, that the group also aims to change the national ideology to Islamic shari'a.
Aswin added that they routinely carry out military training activities. "Even planning logistical preparations in the form of weapons," said Aswin.
NII, known to be an Islamist group with the aim of establishing an Islamist state in Indonesia, is one of the terrorist network groups in the country.
The article was translated from Pikiran-Rakyat.com's article titled "Densus 88 Tangkap 5 Tersangka Teroris NII di Tangsel".
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