Indonesian anti-terror police arrests 8 terror suspects

Source:Xinhua Published: 2012-9-24 13:13:52

Indonesian anti-terror police squad has arrested eight suspected terrorists in Surakarta city known as Solo city of Central Java, local press reported Monday.

Two suspects, with initial names of BH and RK, out of the eight suspects are believed to have played a key role in a new terrorist group, the name of which is still unknown.

"BH and RK are the main figures in this new group,"National Police Spokesman Brig. General Boy Rafli Amar was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying.

Thorik is a terrorist suspect whose house in Tambora, West Jakarta was discovered with explosives stored inside it.

The group allegedly has plans to attack police stations and facilities.

RK, 45, was apprehended near the Solo Square shopping mall in Serengan district, Surakarta at 11:24 pm on Friday, while BH, 45, was caught near his home in the Kampung Griyan neighborhood in Laweyan district at 5:50 am on Saturday.

From BH's house, police confiscated handmade rifles, a handmade detonator, sulfur and potassium.

Following the arrests of RK and BH, the anti-terror police squad subsequently apprehended six other terrorist suspects.

"They are all under investigation. We have not yet brought them to Jakarta. They are still in Surakarta,"Boy said.

According to police, the other six arrested terrorist suspects were allegedly tasked with storing explosives and learning how to make bombs.

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