Indonesian police kill 2 alleged terrorists over NYE attack plans

Indonesian police kill 2 alleged terrorists over NYE attack plans
Indonesian armed police secure a church in Banda Aceh, Aceh province on December 24, 2016, ahead of Christmas Mass.
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The National Police's Densus 88 counterterrorism squad reportedly shot dead two alleged terrorists in Purwakarta, West Java, on Sunday for allegedly planning acts of terrorism on Christmas and New Year festivities.

The two suspects have been identified as Abu Sovi, aka Abu Azis, from Bandung, West Java, and Abu Faiz from West Bandung. The incident is the latest in a series of raids aimed at preventing terrorist attacks in the Muslim-majority nation.

At 12:30pm local time, Densus 88 raided a floating house on Jatiluhur dam where Sovi and Faiz-according to two other terrorist suspects Rijal, aka Abu Arham, 29, and Ivan Rahmat Syarif, 28, who were previously arrested in Cibinong, West Java-were reportedly hiding.

However, Faiz and Sovi refused to surrender and attacked the Police with machetes, where the officers had to resort to shooting the assailants, National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Rikwanto confirmed.

Earlier this week, Densus 88 killed three terrorist suspects in a shoot-out on the outskirts of Jakarta, and claimed they had foiled a suicide bombing planned for the end of the year.

Authorities have so far foiled 14 attacks and have made more than 150 arrests this year related to terrorism. Eighty-five thousand police and 15,000 military personnel have been deployed to secure the nation during the Christmas and New Year period.

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