Jakarta police link robbery gang to terror group

March 21, 2013
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Police said Monday (March 18th) that the suspects in a jewellery store robbery in West Jakarta earlier this month had strong links to terror groups, local media reported.

National Police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said one of the three robbers shot dead in a series of raids Friday had received paramilitary training at a terrorist training camp in Aceh province. The suspect, named Makmur, is also suspected of involvement in two known terrorist cells in Depok, West Java, and Solo, Central Java, according to The Jakarta Globe.

In addition to killing the three suspects, police arrested four others. Two more are still being sought in connection with the March 10th heist.

Police previously identified Makmur as one of five fugitives wanted for an August 2010 bank robbery in Medan, North Sumatra that left a police officer dead.

GATRA News reported that the bank robbery was committed to fund Makmur's terrorist group. Investigators are also now linking him to bombings in Beji, Depok last year, as well as three other cases.

But Gandi Parapat, co-ordinator of the independent Indonesian Political and Legal Monitoring Centre, is sceptical, saying Monday that the police had failed to make a convincing case linking the armed gang to terrorism.


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