Indonesia's special counter-terrorism force Densus 88 killed three alleged terrorists in a shooting just outside the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta on Wednesday morning (21/12). Meanwhile, Densus 88 arrested another man and discovered a cache of bombs, presumably intended to be used for suicide bombings during Christmas celebrations. The shooting - and discovery of the bombs - took place at two rented houses at a housing complex in South Tangerang (Banten Province) some 25 kilometers outside Jakarta.
Indonesian Police announced on Wednesday afternoon (21/12) that the three killed militants were called Omen, Irwan and Helmi. At the housing complex in Tangerang investigators found several handmade bombs.
Earlier this morning, police arrested alleged militant Adam Noor Syam (also in South Tangerang), who then tipped the police about the bombs and militants at the housing complex in South Tangerang. According to Noor Syam one of the bombs would be used to attack a traffic police shelter in Serpong (Tangerang) later this year. Other bombs may have been manufactured for terror acts during Christmas or New Year celebrations.
In early December 2016 Densus 88 arrested four people, presumably members of Bahrun Naim's terrorist cell in Solo and Klaten (Central Java), who allegedly tried to bomb Jakarta's State Palace on a car-free Sunday.
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