Indonesia arrests two terror suspects

July 13, 2012
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PALU, Indonesia – Officers with Indonesia's counterterrorism force Densus 88 on Thursday (July 12th) arrested two suspected members of terrorist group Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid (JAT) who are accused of shooting two police officers last year, Kompas reported.

The two were arrested at Poso Central traditional market at 8.30am. Police also seized a Yamaha Jupiter motorcycle.

One of them is suspected of serving as a financier and liaison connecting the Poso chapter of JAT with JAT groups in other parts of Indonesia, the report said.

Central Sulawesi Police chief Brigadier General Dewa Parsana confirmed the arrest.

"We are currently interrogating them. We suspect them of being involved in the shooting of two police officers in front of a Bank Central Asia (BCA) office branch on Jalan Emi Saelan, Palu, last year," he was quoted as saying.

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