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Five suspected militants killed by police in North Sumatra 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 Sunday. The five suspects were killed and a policeman was injured in a gunbattle Saturday 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 Saturday night and one surrendered to residents Sunday, who then handed him over to the police.

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 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, Oegroseno said.

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.


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Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2010 07:31 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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