Terrorist behind multiple heists in Central Java arrested

Terrorist behind multiple heists in Central Java arrested
Indonesian terrorist Hambali in his Guantanamo cell in a photo that was taken in June 2009. National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto said a terrorist suspect, Riyanto, alias Adam, was arrested by the police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad in front of a building material store on Jl. Gotong Royong, Karanganyar, Surakarta, on Monday.

A 37-year-old meatball vendor in Surakarta, Central Java, has been arrested for his alleged role in terrorist-linked robberies, National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto said on Tuesday.

Agus said that the suspect, Riyanto, alias Adam, was arrested by the police's Densus 88 counterterrorism squad in front of a building material store on Jl. Gotong Royong, Karanganyar, Surakarta, on Monday.

The police confiscated a handgun, 24 bullets, Rp 7 million (S$749) in cash and jihad books from him.

"He is a member of the West Indonesia Mujahidin led by Abu Roban, who was killed in a shoot-out with Densus 88 agents in Kendal, Central Java, last year," he told a press conference at the police's headquarters in South Jakarta.

A police investigation found that Riyanto, along with Abu Roban followers, allegedly spearheaded a robbery at a post office in Parung, Bogor, in West Java, in 2012, and stole Rp 80 million.

It is alleged that Riyanto was also involved in a heist at a branch of state-owned Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) in Grobogan, Central Java, in March last year. The robbers in Grobogan made off with Rp 300 million.

Abu Roban's group is thought to be responsible for a spate of armed robberies and attacks across Sumatra, Java and Bali. The police suspect that Abu Roban wired the money collected from the robberies to finance acts of terror led by Santoso, the leader of East Indonesia Mujahidin terrorist cell who is still at large.

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