Densus 88 Agents Kill Terrorism Suspect in Poso Shootout

By Farouk Arnaz on 07:25 pm Jun 10, 2013
Category Crime, Featured, News
Police investigators inspect the damaged motorcycle used by the suicide bomber following the attack where a construction worker was injured inside the police headquarters compound in Poso, Central Sulawesi, on June 3, 2013. (AFP Photo)

Police investigators inspect the damaged motorcycle used by the suicide bomber following the attack where a construction worker was injured inside the police headquarters compound in Poso, Central Sulawesi, on June 3, 2013. (AFP Photo)

The Indonesian anti-terrorism agency’s crackdown on an organization accused of staging armed robberies to fund acts of terror in Central Sulawesi continued on Monday as agents engaged in a fire fight with a fleeing suspect, killing the man on a Poso street.

Densus 88 agents closed in on Nudin, an alleged member of fugitive terrorist Santoso’s East Indonesia Mujahideen network, Monday afternoon, National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said. Nudin, who also goes by the name Bondan, attempted to flee the scene on motorcycle, speeding down Jalan Pulau Irian before colliding with a car. When agents approached the man, he opened fire, Boys said.

“When he was about to get arrested, he shot at a Densus member,” Boy said. “That personnel shot back and caused the suspect to die.”

A handgun and six bullets were recovered from the man’s body, he said.

Nudin was allegedly behind several terrorist attacks in Poso and Central Java. He was also involved with training and funding another group in Bima, Sumbawa island, Boy said.

Indonesian police began tightening their grip on the restive district of Poso after several high profile attacks against officers and the discovery of terrorist training camps pushed the conflict-prone region into the spotlight. Security officials call Poso a hotbed of domestic terrorism, pointing to evidence that Santoso, former military member Sabar Subagyo and terrorist Basri are all operating in the region.

Once the scene of a two-year sectarian conflict that left thousands dead or injured, Poso has struggled to overcome a history of religious violence. Members of the now-disbanded militant group Laksar Jihad rampaged through a belt of predominately Christian villages in the early 2000s, setting fire to homes and sending residents fleeing.

In recent years, the Islamic radical groups have turned their attentions to Indonesian police, setting off bombs outside police stations and murdering several officers. On June 3, the Poso Police headquarters was rocked by a suicide bombing that left one injured. The bombing, which was allegedly done by an East Indonesia Mujahideen member, was likely meant as revenge for a series of raids that arrested some 30 suspect terrorists and left more than a dozen dead, police said at the time.

Muslim groups have called for the disbanding of Densus 88 after a video of the Australian-funded anti-terrorism squad allegedly torturing suspects hit YouTube. But incidents like last suicide attack should remind Indonesians of terrorism’s threat, a Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker said.

“The Poso police-station bombing should be a reminder that terrorism remains a serious threat for Muslims in Indonesia,” Eva Kusuma Sundari, a member of House Commission III, which oversees legal affairs said.

  • devine

    Thank you Densus88. One more down, 99,998 still to go…

    • Wong Edan

      That doesn’t include the thousands of members of TNI – the organization that has killed far more Indonesians than all the other terrorist groups put together…

      • KuciKoo

        Ha ha ha ha, wishful thinking Wong Edan. Anti-TNI much?

  • Wong Edan

    Not sure what you mean by “wishful thinking”, but the facts speak for themselves. The Indonesian “army” killed hundreds of thousands in 1965-1966 after the attempted coup by a faction within the military. Even if you believe the commies did all that, what about the hundreds killed in Tanjung Priok 1984, Lampung in 1989, and Jakarta in July 1996 and May 1998? I’m not even counting the slaughter during the occupations of East Timor and West Papua… So yes, like every thinking person who cares about this nation and its people, I am anti-TNI.

    • Deddy K.

      May 1998 I remember people screaming Allah Akbar as they pulled Chinese Ethnic people out of cars, raped the women then threw them into buildings to burn them. (and on many occasions just people who look Chinese) So I don’t know where the TNI comes?
      I remember TNI members guarding Kelapa Gading (against orders) to protect law abiding people from individuals screaming Allah Akbar who were hell bent on killing, looting and destroying.
      My grandparents remember during the independence of Indonesia groups of individuals screaming allah Akbar as they killed Chinese ethnics, destroyed homes and buildings, and a sukarno saying, “Sometimes we have to pay a price of independence.” (thank god that Suharto came in to quell the Islamic barbarian problem, unfortunately the new generation of Radical Islam are using our democracy in our concept of justice, equality to corrupt and destroy our lives.)
      Taking care of the communist problem was the only solution at the time to the division within Indonesia. Whom were using military power to try to destroy Indonesia
      If you go to East Timur now in their “liberation” they are living in bad conditions, when before they were taken care of. What you call slaughter is fighting traitors who shot first.
      We are a country that needs to stand in together. These saparatists, islamists, and traitors all attempt to divide us and therefore make us weak. In a weak Indonesia, the only people who profit are those traitors.

    • KuciKoo

      Well, what you typed “That doesn’t include the thousands of members of TNI – the organization that has killed far more Indonesians than all the other terrorist groups put together…” sounds like you want thousands of TNI members to be included in the list of 99,998 people (as suggested by Devine) that need to be killed.

      • Wong Edan

        Oh, I see. I was including the TNI among the terrorists, but not actually calling for its members to be slaughtered one by one. Is that what Define wanted? Like JI and other organisations guilty of atrocities against Indonesians, I would like to see the TNI disbanded and is members brought to justice.