Dolok Sagala: Indonesian police
shot dead five suspected Islamist militants and arrested four
others in a raid on their hideout on Sumatra island, police
said on Sunday.
The five suspects were killed and a policeman injured in
a gunbattle yesterday on an oil-palm plantation in Dolok
Sagala village in North Sumatra province, provincial police
chief Oegroseno told reporters.
"Yesterday we found where the armed group was hiding.
During the raid, they put up a fight. We fired a warning shot
but they continued to resist. Four of the suspects died during
the gunbattle yesterday," he added.
"One more was killed today," Oegroseno said.
Three suspects were arrested yesterday night and one
surrendered to residents today, who then handed him over to
Police are hunting at least eight other suspects.
The suspects are believed to be linked to a group
suspected of killing a police officer in a spectacular bank
robbery in Medan city in August to raise funds for terrorist
attacks, he said.
They were also involved in an attack on a police station
near Medan in which three police officers were killed,
Indonesian anti-terror police last month shot dead three
suspects and arrested 15 others in a series of raids in which
militants used women and children as human shields.
Muslim-majority Indonesia is struggling to deal with the
threat of homegrown Islamist militants who oppose the
country`s secular, democratic system and want to create a
caliphate across much of Southeast Asia.