Police Dig into Relations of 12 Terrorists from East Java with Upik Lawanga

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  • National Police Public Information Bureau Chief Brig. Gen. Rusdi Hartono. TEMPO/Andita Rahma

    National Police Public Information Bureau Chief Brig. Gen. Rusdi Hartono. TEMPO/Andita Rahma

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe National Police’s Head of Public Information Bureau, Brig. Gen. Rusdi Hartono, reported that 12 suspected terrorists allegedly part of the Jamaah Islamiyah terror group had prepared many things before committing their acts of terror.

    One of them was a bunker. “Besides conducting self-defense training, they also designed a bunker to create homemade weapons and bombs, weapons storage, and a place to escape,” said Rusdi at his office, South Jakarta, Monday, March 1.

    The police’s anti-terror squad Densus 88 arrested 12 suspected terrorists in a number of areas in East Java on February 26, 2021. They were identified as UBS alias F, TS, AS, AIH a.k.a. AP, BR, RBM, Y, F, ME, AYF, RAS, and MI.

    From the arrest, the police seized 50 9-mm bullets, 1 homemade pistol, 4 black and white daulah flags, 8 knives, 2 samurai swords, 3 machetes, and 23 bows.

    The Densus 88 team believed there was a connection between the 12 suspected terrorists and the group of Taufik Bulaga a.k.a. Upik Lawanga, who was a key figure in the JI terror group.

    “There is obviously a connection. If we explore this group [of 12 suspected terrorists] again, there will be a link with Upik Lawanga. All JI (Jamaah Islamiyah terror group members) are surely connected,” said Rusdi.

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    ANDITA RAHMA