Terrorist suspect, police officer killed in shootout in E. Indonesia


JAKARTA: A suspected terrorist and a police officer were killed Monday in a shootout in Bima district in eastern Indonesia.

National Police chief General Badrodin Haiti said the deadly incident occurred in Penatoi village of Bima district at about 07: 00 a.m. local time.

Haiti said the suspect was a member of a terrorist group led by high-profile militant leader Santoso based in Poso of Central Sulawesi.

The male militant, who appeared to be alone, fired shots at the police, said Haiti.

“He took part in assassination of the police chief of a sub-district in Bima. He was also the perpetrator who shot a police patrol in Poso,” he said in Jakarta.

Indonesian police have been on high alert for terror threats following an announcement by the Syria- based Islamic State group.

In January, the group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that struck Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta, killing eight people, including four attackers.

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