Counterterrorism police have arrested 16 suspects involved in different terror plots, including a plan to carry out a mass poisoning of police, the National Police spokesman said on Monday.
“From Thursday till last Sunday, we’ve captured 16 individuals suspected of terrorism in various cases,” Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said.
Of the 16 arrested by Densus 88, seven were arrested in Jakarta, two in Pekalongan, two in East Kalimantan, two in Central Sulawesi and one in Bandung.
The men arrested in Jakarta were involved in a terror plot to poison police, Boy said, adding that he was unable to provide any further information on the identities of the suspects.
On Friday, a police source told the Jakarta Globe that a suspect arrested in Pekalongan, identified as HK, was linked to a senior figure in Jemaah Islamiyah, Dulmatin.
Ali Fauzi, the young brother of convicted terrorist Mukhlas, said that he had spent time with HK in the Philippines.
“I was with HK for five years in Moro. He is the brother-in-law of Dulmatin. I hear that he was arrested for hiding Dulmatin before he was shot [dead] by the police last year,” Ali said.
Meanwhile, the police source on Monday said that seven arrested in Jakarta were a new terrorist network.
“So far they have not been involved in any other networks. They had only plotted to put cyanide in the food eaten by police officers,” the source added.
More: “Cyanide terrorist taken to Jakarta,” from the Jakarta Post, June 14:
A police official has unveiled that the police have taken four terrorist suspects to the police’s mobile brigade detention center for further questioning.
The suspects, he added, were Haryanto Abdul Jabar alias Furkon, Anang Muhtadin alias Papa Enal, Ali Miftah and Ali Firmansyah alias Ibrahim.
“They are part of the Poso terrorist group,” National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said Monday as quoted by kompas.com. “Some used to work with Dulmatin as well.”…