Indonesia’s anti-terror squad arrests 4 suspected terrorists planning assaults throughout Christmas and New Year, SE Asia News & Top Stories

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JAKARTA (XINHUA) – The Indonesian Police’s anti-terror squad Densus 88 on Monday (Dec 13) arrested 4 suspected terrorists within the cities of Palembang and Lubuklinggau, in South Sumatra province, a police officer mentioned.

They are allegedly linked to the outlawed Jamaah Islamiyah (JI) militant group and are suspected of planning a number of assaults throughout Christmas and New Year holidays, the South Sumatra Police’s spokesman Senior Commissioner Supriadi informed a press convention on Monday.

He mentioned that the police had watched the 4 suspects for 4 months earlier than arresting them. They are actually detained for additional investigation.

Following the arrest, Supriadi mentioned the police would strengthen safety throughout the holidays, notably at locations of worship, urging individuals to right away report back to the police in the event that they discover one thing suspicious.

JI, an affiliate of Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda, was behind a number of the deadliest assaults in Indonesia, together with the 2000 Christmas Eve bombings in opposition to church buildings and clergymen and the 2002 nightclub blasts on Bali that killed 202 individuals, principally Westerners.

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