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Indonesia nabs 2 accused of planning to attack Bali police

Indonesian National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo, right, and an aide show photos of the suspects in the knife attack against Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Wiranto Syahril Alamsyah, left, and his wife Fitri Andriana, along with the knives they used, during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.

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By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: October 12, 2019

DENPASAR, Indonesia — Indonesia's counterterrorism squad has arrested two suspected militants accused of plotting an attack on police on the tourist island of Bali, police said Saturday.

Bali police spokesman Hengky Widjaja said a man, identified only by his initials AT, and his son, ZAI, were arrested Thursday in Bali's Jembrana district.

Widjaja said the two men had confessed to planning to attack police with a bayonet.

He said police were tipped about their whereabouts after interrogating alleged militants who were arrested on suspicion of links to Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, a militant group aligned with the Islamic State group, including Syahril Alamsyah, who wounded the country's security minister in a brazen knife attack on Thursday.

Indonesia's counterterrorism squad arrested two suspected militants accused of plotting an attack on police using a bayonet on the country's tourist island of Bali, police said Saturday.

The two men, a father, identified only by his initials AT, and his son, ZAI, were arrested Thursday in Bali's Jembrana district, just hours after another suspected militants, Syahril Alamsyah who uses the nom de guerre Abu Rara, wounded the country's top security minister, Wiranto, in a brazen knife attack, Bali Police spokesman Hengky Widjaya said.

Widjaja said the men who were being questioned by a team of investigators.

He said police were tipped about their whereabouts after interrogating alleged militants who were arrested on suspicion of links to Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, or JAD, a local militant group aligned with the Islamic State group, including Fazri Pahlawan, who uses the guerrilla name Abu Zee Ghurobah.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has carried out a sustained crackdown on Islamic militants since bombings on the tourist island of Bali in 2002 killed 202 people, mostly foreigners.

The Jemaah Islamiyah military network, which was blamed for the Bali attacks, was neutralized following the arrests of hundreds of its militants and leaders. But new threats have emerged in recent times from Islamic State group-inspired radicals who have targeted security forces and local "infidels" instead of Westerners.
 

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