JAKARTA, Indonesia – Police are investigating potential terror links to the drive-by shooting Saturday (July 27th) of a Jakarta traffic officer in South Tangerang, local media reported.
Patah Saktiyono, 55, of the Central Jakarta Police's traffic division, was shot in the back as he headed to work on his motorbike in Ciputat, South Tangerang early Saturday morning.
Jakarta Police spokesman Rikwanto told The Jakarta Globe that the two assailants who approached the officer from behind seemingly knew Patah was a police officer, and added that the National Police's elite counterterrorism unit Detachment 88 will investigate the shooting.
Police officers are a common target for terrorists in Indonesia: 28 officers were killed last year, many by alleged terrorists in Poso and Solo.
Rikwanto said five witnesses have been questioned so far, according to Tribunnews.com. "The five people were around the scene and helped bring the victim to the hospital."
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