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Indonesia Police Arrest Dozens After Suicide Bombings

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Police in Indonesia investigating a couple of coordinated suicide bombings earlier this month have just arrested a total of 41 individuals.

The bombings at the capital left three police officers dead.

Police in Indonesia have been investigating the May 24 twin suicide bombings at the capital building, and have arrested 41.

Nine of those arrested in connection with the bombings, which took place on May 24, have been formally named as suspects.

The attacks also injured six other police officers, as well as five civilians.

The New York Post has the latest:

“Maj. Gen. Setyo Wasisto … said the militants were captured in Jakarta, neighboring provinces of West Java and Banten as well as Central and East Java, Sumatra island and West Nusatenggara. The latest arrest was made in Banten on Wednesday, four days after police foiled a plot to attack a police station in the town of Bima in West Nusatenggara.

“Police have identified the May suicide bombers and the nine suspects as members of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, a network of Indonesian extremist groups set up in 2015 that has pledged allegiance to Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

“Muslim-majority Indonesia has carried out a sustained crackdown on militants since the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, but a new threat has emerged from Islamic State group sympathizers.

“Wasisto said the joint operation by police and the anti-terrorism squad is also aimed at safeguarding next week’s celebration of the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.”

Ramadan ends June 24.

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