The National Police counterterrorism squad has arrested two more suspects, adding the number of people nabbed due to their alleged connection with terror activities to 14 within less than a week.
“Yes, the total number of suspects is now 14 people, comprising 13 males and one female,” National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Edward Aritonang said Monday.
He refused to disclose where the suspects were arrested and their identity.
Achmad Michdan, a member of the Muslim Lawyers Team (TPM) who represents the suspects, also confirmed the latest arrest.
Michdan identified the last two suspects as the Jakarta head of Jamaah Anshoru Tauhid (JAT), Harisa Mirfalah, and JAT follower known as Ilham.
JAT is an Islamic organization founded by noted firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir in 2008.
On Thursday, the counterterrorism squad arrested 12 members of JAT during a series of raids in Menteng, Central Jakarta, Petamburan in Central Jakarta, Pejaten in South Jakarta and Bekasi in West Java.
The suspects are currently held at National Police’s Mobile Brigade detention center in Kelapa Dua in Depok, West Java.
According to the anti-terrorism law, the police have seven days to determine if the suspects are linked with terrorism, otherwise they must be freed.