Densus 88 Arrests Suspected Terrorist in North Sumatra



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian National Police’s counterterrorism squad Densus 88 apprehended a terrorist identified as Husain Alkas Abu Hamzah in a police bust that broke out this noon, March 12, in Sibolga, North Sumatra.

    After the initial arrest, Densus 88 then took the suspected terrorist to his home for a thorough search but was met with resistance from the suspect.

    “A bomb exploded when we were conducting the search,” said Indonesian National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Mohammad Iqbal in a text message to Tempo today.

    Up until this report was published, Densus 88 members and the local police resort with the help of residents are still negotiating with the suspected terrorist to surrender and hand over his wife and child.

    Despite not revealing much information, Mohammad Iqbal did say that Husain’s arrest is linked and based on intelligence from previous investigations on suspected terrorists.