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Police Clamps Down on Terror Ring Linked to Bandung Bomber
Police officers attempt to infiltrate the Arjuna District Government office on February 27, 2017, in an effort to arrest a terrorist suspect. TEMPO/Prima Mulia
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Police Clamps Down on Terror Ring Linked to Bandung Bomber

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Police have launched a crackdown on the terror ring linked to Yayat Chadiyat also known as Dani or Abu Salam, the perpetrator of pressure cooker bomb in Bandung. The National Police's Public Relations Bureau head Brigadier General Rikwanto said that Yayat's accomplice is still at large.

"One of the perpetrators ran away using a motorcycle," Rikwanto said in police headquarters on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

On Monday morning, February 27, Yayat blew up a low-explosive bomb at Pandawa Park in Bandung. Thereafter, Yayat and his partner in crime ran away in different directions. Police gunned down Yayat at a government office. Yayat died before getting to a hospital. Yayat's accomplice is still large.

Police continue to hunt Yayat's partner in crime by tracking the motorcycle left at Pandawa Park. Police had searched the address of the motorcycle's owner named Dawami in Karawang. Dawani, however, had gone.

The National Police's Public Relations Division head Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar said that the police continue to investigate into those involved in the pressure cooker bomb attack. Police gathered that Yayat was a follower of Aman Abdurrahman, the leader of ISIS-linked terrorist groups Tauhid Wal Jihad and Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

Yayat was also a member of small cells established by Bahrun Naim Anggih Tamtomo, an Indonesian militant who has joined ISIS in Syria.

Boy said that Yayat participated in act of terror in 2010. The man from Purwakarta City was tasked with supplying guns and ammunition from Bandung, some of which are homemade. Yayat was arrested in Bandung in 2012. He was released in 2014 after serving 3 years imprisonment and been granted remission. “Having got out of jail, he joined the JAD,” Boy noted.

Boy revealed that former terror convict often returned to radical activities due to rejection from community members. "They feel neglected; [they] have no other activities. It forces them to get back to their terror ring or join other rings," Boy said.

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