TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Members of the National Police's counterterrorism squad Densus 88 and the Cirebon city police raided the houses of six suspected terrorists, Tuesday, to unearth items classified as evidence of crimes, a police officer revealed.
"The search efforts were being made at the suspects' houses, and the Cirebon city police personnel just backed up the Densus 88 team members," Cirebon City Police Chief Adjunct Commissioner Roland Ronaldy told journalists on Tuesday.
The search mission was conducted concurrently at six different areas around Cirebon City and its outskirts in the aftermath of the arrests of the six suspected terrorists on Monday, Ronaldy stated.
The suspects were arrested in the areas of Kapetakan, Gunungjati (Cirebon), Kesambi, Lemahwungkuk, Kalijaga, and Kalitanjung sub-districts, he remarked, adding that all remain under the custody of the Densus 88 squad, pending further investigation.
The suspects allegedly belonged to an organization called the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), he noted.
Ronaldy was yet not in a position to divulge details regarding the identity of the suspects and their possible involvement in the recent Medan suicide bombing since police investigators were still handling the case.
In connection with the Medan blast on November 13, the National Police spokesman, Brigadier General Dedi Prasetyo, had confirmed earlier that the Densus 88 team had until now arrested 46 suspects.
He confirmed that 23 of the 46 suspects belong to the North Sumatra-Aceh network, with four of them surrendering to the police.
"Four people surrendered, while the police took firm and measurable measures against the two others since they attempted to desist arrest by using sharp weapon and airsoft gun resulting in injury to a member of Densus 88," he revealed.
The four other suspects were arrested in Banten, three in Jakarta, nine in Central Java, six in West Java, and one suspect in East Kalimantan.
The Densus 88 squad personnel have been working closely with their colleagues from the North Sumatra police headquarters to uncover details and facts behind the suicide bombing attack at the Medan city police headquarters on Nov 13.
The suicide bomber died in the blast that caused injuries to six people.