18 terror suspects arrested after Jakarta attack

Police officers carry out an investigation at a police post in front of the Sarinah shopping center in Central Jakarta after a device exploded at the post. It was one of several explosions that occurred during the terror attack in Jakarta.
PHOTO: Jakarta Post/ANN

Police have arrested 18 terror suspects, six of them were accused of being involved in the Jan. 14 Jakarta attack, killing eight people, four victims and four attackers, said National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti on Friday.

Police classified the 18 suspects, who were being interrogated by the police officers, into three groups, said Badrodin.

The first group are six people, who were arrested for their direct involvement Jakarta attack case. A suspect identified as BS aka YY aka BD from Cirebon, West Java had a role of buying gas tube used as a casings of bombs exploded on Jl. M. H. Thamrim, in Central Jakarta said Badrodin at the press conference.

Another suspect, AH aka A aka Al aka AM aka AIS, had a role to buy firearms, said Haiti, adding that the other suspects, who are linked to the Jakarta attack, were C aka D aka AS, J aka JJ, AM aka LL aka AL, F aka AZ aka AB.

The second group are six people, who were arrested for having illegal firearms and the plan to carry out terror attack and who supported East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) led by Santoso. This group also received fund from Bahrumsyah, Indonesian extremist lived in Syria now.

The third group were six people, who were borrowed from the Nusakambangan prison island in Central Java and a prison in Tangerang, who were accused of assisting the second group to own firearms.

"We are still hunting for some people so we can arrest all people involved in terror acts in Thamrin," Badrodin said.

The police started intensifying their manhunt operations against the terrorist suspects, following the attack - explosions and gunfire - occurred within the first ring of national security and represented a fatal blow to the security of the capital or just nearly 2.5 kilometer away from the State Palace.

During the press conference, the police chief also revealed three Indonesian nationals, who have prominent positions in the Islamic State (IS) terror group in Syria.

They are Bahrumsyah, who sent money to finance the Jakarta attack, Bahrun Naim, an expert of propaganda and Abu Jandal, who has high position in IS group. "Bahrun know well about IT. He frequently active communicates with those in Indonesia," he added.