Published: Sat, May 27, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Indonesia arrests 3 suspects in bombings that killed police

Indonesia arrests 3 suspects in bombings that killed police

"The executor of the attack on the Indonesian police gathering in Jakarta was an Islamic State fighter", ISIS's Amaq news agency said, according to reports from Reuters.

"If we make a comparison with other countries, they already have regulations to allow authorities to prevent (attacks) before they happen", Widodo told a news conference. Later the same day, they detained the three men allegedly linked to the attack.

West Java Police spokesman Yusri Yunus said all three were arrested Thursday afternoon in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung.

Police have identified the bombers as Ichwan Nurul Salam, 40, and Ahmad Sukri, 32, both from West Java province.

Widodo meanwhile said plans to bolster counter-terror laws, which were first proposed previous year but have stalled in parliament, needed to be accelerated.

Indonesia's national police spokesman said pressure cookers packed with shrapnel, such as nails and metal, were used in the attack, and confirmed links to IS.

Indonesian policemen carry the coffin of a police officer, who was killed late on 24 May in a suicide bombing, during a memorial ceremony in Jakarta on 25 May 2017.

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The attack that took place Wednesday was the latest assault to hit the Muslim-majority country as it struggles with a surge of terror plots.

"Since 2010, the police have been a major target partly because there's a sense of wanting revenge against the police since they're the ones that go after the terrorists", Sidney Jones from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict said.

Earlier, he told reporters that police were investigating whether the attackers had direct orders from Syria or elsewhere.

Suspicion is likely to fall on local network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which supports ISIL and has been blamed for recent mostly low-impact attacks. No one else was hurt.

JAD was designated a terrorist organisation by the United States in January, which said the network was an umbrella group for about two dozen extremist outfits.

JAD is headed by imprisoned Muslim cleric Aman Abdurrahman who is accused of masterminding last January's attack in central Jakarta.

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