Densus 88 kills terror suspect in S Sulawesi

Densus 88 kills terror suspect in S Sulawesi
Indonesian elite police anti-terrorist commandos from Densus 88 and Crisis Response Team prepare to take off from the Jakarta police headquarters on March 13, 2010 during an anti-terror security exercise.

The National Police's Densus 88 counterterrorism unit has shot dead a terror suspect in North Luwu, South Sulawesi, some 400 kilometers from the provincial capital of Makassar.

South and West Sulawesi Police chief Comr. Gen. Anton confirmed on Saturday that the suspect, identified as Ilham Syafii, resisted arrest and engaged in a shootout with Densus 88 before being shot.

Densus 88 seized one 9mm Browning Hi-Power automatic handgun, five 9mm bullets, a cell phone and a switchblade from the suspect.

According to Anton, the suspect had been a long-time target of Densus 88, which had been able to track him down recently.

"The suspect belongs to a terrorist network operating in Poso, Central Sulawesi, as a courier. He fled to North Luwu from Poso to hide," Anton told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

Ilham was part of a Poso-based terror network lead by the elusive figure Santoso.

Santoso's group is believed to have carried out a number of attacks, including a suicide bombing at Poso regency police station, a drive-by shooting, killings, as well as abductions.

The group is also actively recruiting members and residents who are economically marginalised or who suffered unfair treatment from security personnel during the Poso sectarian conflict in the late 1990s to mid-2000s are the most easily persuaded to join the group, according to reports.

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