Four Alleged Terrorists Arrested in East Jakarta

By Farouk Arnaz & Bayu Marhaenjati on 06:03 pm Aug 21, 2013
Category Jakarta, News

Indonesia’s anti-terror detachment Densus 88 arrested four terror suspects in Cipayung, East Jakarta, on Tuesday night, directly after five members of another terrorist group were apprehended in Bekasi, West Java.

Sr. Cmr. Agus Rianto, a spokesman for the National Police, told Indonesian news portal Tempo that Iqbal Khusaeni, who is also known as Ramli, Maryono, Eno Karseno and Rukiyat were arrested on convictions of terrorism.

“We arrested Ramli in Cipayung [on Tuesday night],” a source with Densus 88 told the Jakarta Globe. “He’s allegedly related to Irul.”

Khaerul Ichwan, known as Irul, was arrested along with four others during a raid in Bekasi which targeted a group accused of planning several bomb plots, including attacks on the Myanmar Embassy and a church in Solo, Central Java.

All four of the suspects in Cipayung were arrested at Iqbal’s house on Jalan Masjid.

“Densus 88 found the other three men at his house, so they were all arrested,” Agus said on Wednesday.

Police confiscated two handguns, two airsoft pistols and dozens of bullets.

Iqbal was jailed previously for plotting to murder Ulil Abshar Abdala, a religious figure from the  Liberal Islamic Network, along with a Christian pastor.

Recently, he made his living selling illegal airsoft guns.

The suspects have been handed over to the local police, except for Iswahyudi and Khaerul, who remain in Densus 88 custody, according to Jakarta police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto.