The National Police’s counterterrorism unit Densus 88 has arrested two men for their alleged involvement in a terrorist attack in Bandung, West Java, last month, a spokesman said on Monday (13/03).
A low-explosive device was detonated near Pandawa Park in Cicendo, Bandung, on Feb. 27.
No casualties were reported in the attack but police shot dead the lone suspect, identified as former terror convict Yayat Cahdiyat, who was released on parole in 2014.
National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said two other men involved in the attack – identified as Abu Muslim, alias Abu Abdullah, and Soleh, alias Zalzalat, alias Gungun – were arrested in different locations last week.
Soleh, an electrician, was a member of Jamaah Anshar Daulah (JAD) terrorist group, along with Abu Sofi and Abu Faiz, who were killed in a police raid in Jatiluhur, West Java, in December last year.
Soleh allegedly provided Yayat with Rp 2 million ($149) in cash to carry out the attack. Before launching the attack, Yayat reportedly also asked Soleh to take care of his family if he was killed or arrested.
“Several targets were identified by the group, including the West Java Police headquarters, the offices of the Cianjur Police and a police traffic post in Buah Batu, Bandung,” Boy said at the National Police headquarters in Jakarta.
Police believe the attack was carried out in retaliation for the recent arrest by Densus 88 of several high-profile terrorists in West Java.
During the Bandung attack, Yayat reportedly shouted at passersby, who bravely pursued and cornered him in a nearby community center, that he had no business with them and that his real target was Densus 88. He was subsequently shot dead by police. – JG