Densus 88 Arrests Suspected Terrorist in Raid

By webadmin on 02:48 pm Aug 31, 2012
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Bandung. ‎​National Police counterterrorism unit Densus 88 raided a home in Bandung on Thursday and arrested a suspected terrorist, police said.

The raid, which occurred at 12:30 a.m., took place at a home that doubles as an office belonging to software company Jagadata Informatika, located at the Binamarga housing complex in the Arcamanik subdistrict.

Arcamanik Police chief I Ketut Adi Purnama identified the suspect arrested in the raid as Maman Kurniawan, said to be a computer expert from Karawang, West Java.

“We have reason to believe it is part of a terrorist network,” Ketut said.

Ketut said investigators seized two computers belonging to the suspect and a book titled “Perang Akhir Jaman,” or “End of Days War.”

A Densus 88 source told the Jakarta Globe that Maman, who also goes by the name Ashaburayatisud, is linked to terrorism suspect Rizki Gunawan.

“We suspect that [Maman] is a hacker,” the source said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak.

Rizki is also a computer expert and reportedly hacked into a multi-level marketing firm and raised Rp 5.9 billion ($618,000) to support terrorism activities including the bombing of a church in Solo last year.

The arrest came as Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia are considering joint patrols of their sea borders to combat piracy, smuggling and the movement of Al Qaeda-linked militants.

The proposal was discussed when Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin met earlier this week with his Indonesian and Malaysian counterparts, who traveled to the Philippines to visit their troops involved in efforts to strengthen a cease-fire between Filipino forces and Muslim guerrillas in the south.

The Philippines have considered joint naval patrols with either Indonesia or Malaysia in the past but a three-way effort would vastly improve security.

The nations share sea borders where human and arms smuggling, piracy and militants have been a concern.

Additional reporting from Associated Press