Seven suspected terrorists have been shot dead and 20 more have been arrested by Densus 88, Indonesia’s anti-terrorism squad, on Wednesday (08/05/13) during raids in Kendal (Central Java), Sumedang (West Java), Bandung and Banten. The suspects are believed to be part of a terrorist network that imported weaponry from the Philippines and engaged in violent robberies on bank branches of Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) to fund various terrorist activities in Poso (Sulawesi).
It is also believed that a number of these suspects are linked to the plot to blow up the embassy of Myanmar in Jakarta. The plot was uncovered on time last week.
With more than 200 million Muslim inhabitants, Indonesia contains the largest Muslim population in the world. A fraction of this community not only believes that Islam should be the sole guidance in life but is also willing to use extreme measures to reform and uproot established conditions.