Police arrests 19 people with links to Jakarta attack


A terrorist captured by a Tempo photographer is seen pulling out his gun and firing shots after blasts rocked the Jl. MH Thamrin area in Central Jakarta on Jan. 14. National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti said on Friday that the terrorist was Sunakim, alias Afif, a repeat offender who was sentenced to seven years in prison for involvement in military training in Aceh in 2010. (Tempo/Aditia Noviansyah)A terrorist captured by a Tempo photographer is seen pulling out his gun and firing shots after blasts rocked the Jl. MH Thamrin area in Central Jakarta on Jan. 14. National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti said on Friday that the terrorist was Sunakim, alias Afif, a repeat offender who was sentenced to seven years in prison for involvement in military training in Aceh in 2010. (Tempo/Aditia Noviansyah)

The National Police have arrested 19 people on suspicion of having direct links to the Jan. 14 terrorist attack on Jl. MH Thamrin in Jakarta.

The 19 suspects, comprising convicts and citizens, are suspected of having been involved in planning and executing the attack that left eight people dead, National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti said on Friday.

He said that the police had determined that two of the convicts had links to the attack, while another convict was still under investigation.

The arrested suspects are members of five different terrorist groups in Indonesia, Badrodin said, adding that the names of three of the groups’ leaders are Hendro Fernando, Romli, Herni, while police are still identifying the leaders of the other groups.

The police have received details of messages sent by the perpetrators before they committed the act of terror, Badrodin added. (afr/bbn)



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