One killed as JI Suspects Arrested

JAKARTA ~ One man was shot dead, another injured and several arrested during a raid on suspected militants from an Al Qaeda-linked terror group blamed for bloody attacks, police said.

The arrested suspects were “believed to be part of Abu Dujana’s group,” police spokesman Sisno Adiwinoto said on Wednesday, referring to the man thought to be the acting leader of regional terror group Jemmah Islamiah (JI).

JI has been blamed for a string of attacks in Indonesia. The United States says the group aims to establish a pan-Islamic state in Southeast Asia through violent jihad.

One suspect was shot dead and another received gunshot wounds when the arrests were made on Tuesday night in Yogyakarta, Adiwinoto said.

“Several other suspects have been taken to help hunt down others,” Adiwinoto said, adding that the police anti-terror squad was still chasing suspects.

A source from the anti-terror police reportedly said four people were arrested and that two had escaped.

Adiwinoto identified the dead man and the injured suspect by their initials – 39-year-old MAS and 40-year-old SP respectively – and said three motorcycles had been taken away from the site of the confrontation as evidence.

The injured suspect was reportedly being treated at a local hospital, while armed police guarded the building’s exit and entry points.

Reports also said the scene of Tuesday’s raid, which took place in a village in Yogyakarta, had been sealed off and teams were combing the site for evidence.

Earlier reports had suggested Dujana, the JI leader, had been detained in the operation, but anti-terror police chief Inspector General Bekto Suprapto said Dujana was not among those arrested, killed or wounded.

Dujana is said to have been trained by militants in Afghanistan and to be a close associate of the fugitive Noordin Mohammad Top, Indonesia’s most wanted man.

Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said earlier this month that terrorists must be stopped, but that they had “been evolving new strategies and tactics that have made them an even greater threat to peace, security and progress.”

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