Two IS-linked militants nabbed in Indonesia’s Kalimantan province

Two IS-linked militants nabbed in Indonesia's Kalimantan province

JAKARTA (Xinhua): The Indonesian anti-terror squad arrested two IS-affiliated militants who had plotted and given directives on the strike at a police station in South Kalimantan province earlier this month that killed one policeman and injured another.

The National Police’s spokesman Brigadier Awi Setiyono said on Monday (June 8) that the two militants with the initials of TA and AS were captured on Friday in the province’s Banjarbaru city and Tanah Bumbu district.

The militants admitted that they had set up the deadly attack at the Daha police station in Hulu Sungai Selatan district on June 1, and one of them, TA, provided a 500,000 rupiah (some US$35.83) fund to purchase a sword to be used in the attack, the spokesman said.

Setiyono revealed that the two militants were members of an outlawed Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which has been affiliated with the IS terrorist group in Syria and Iraq.

The Provincial Police’s spokesman Senior Commissioner Mochamad Rifa’i said that during the early morning strike at the police station, a sword-wielding militant, who is also suspected to be an IS-linked militant, slashed and assaulted two policemen, killing one of them and injuring another, while the militant was shot dead by another police officer.

Separately in West Java province’s district of Cirebon, the anti-terror squad nabbed a militant on Monday, according to Chief of the District Police Senior Commissioner M. Syahduddi.

Indonesia has been hit by a string of suicide attacks in recent years with police stations and churches being targeted, leaving dozens of people dead and scores of others injured.

The government has attempted to block and avert the influence of the IS group which has recruited over 1,000 followers from Indonesia, including women and children. – Xinhua