Involved in Terrorist Network, Police Arrest 53 People in 11 Provinces || Jakarta – Densus 88 Antiterror Police arrested 53 suspected terrorists in 11 provinces of Indonesia. The enforcement operation was carried out from August 12 to August 17, 2021.

The Head of the Public Relations Division (Kadiv) of the National Police, Inspector General Argo Yuwono, revealed that 50 of them belonged to the Jamaah Islamiyah (JI) group and three of them were the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) network.

“From these 53 people, from the Jamaah Islamiyah network as many as 50 people, that’s what we have secured in 10 provinces. Meanwhile, in one province, the network is from Ansharut Daulah, the 3 ISIS supporters in East Kalimantan,” Argo said during a press conference at the National Police Criminal Investigation Unit Building, South Jakarta, Friday (20/8/2021).

Argo detailed 11 areas that were carried out namely, North Sumatra (North Sumatra) eight people, Jambi three people. Then, one person in West Kalimantan, three people in East Kalimantan, three people in South Sulawesi, one person in Maluku, six people in Banten, four people in West Java, 11 people in Central Java, six people in East Java, and seven people in Lampung.

“In yesterday’s action, in about a week we were able to record approximately 53 people who we arrested,” said Argo.

Argo said that 53 suspected terrorists who were arrested in 11 Indonesian provinces wanted to carry out their terrorist acts on Indonesian Independence Day or August 17, 2021.

According to Argo, this was known from the statements of the suspects during an examination by the detective bird with the owl.

“This is in accordance with the statements of some of the suspects that we arrested were indeed the JI group who wanted to use the moment of August 17 or Independence Day,” said Argo.

In addition, Argo revealed, the source of funds for the Jamaah Islamiyah group comes from the mandatory fees of its members, as well as the foundations formed by the network.

“The money collectors formed by JI are Baitul Maal Abdurahman Bin Auf (BM ABA), Syam Organizer (SO), Madina, and One Care,” said Argo.

During the detention, Argo stated that Detachment 88 investigators also kept a charity box and a piggy bank which was used by the Jamaah Islamiyah group in seeking funds.

“And then the evidence that we have secured is the charity box, then there is this infaq box. Then, there were some cans to store the money for infaq which we couldn’t bring because there were so many. There are photos that we confiscated, we used as evidence,” concluded Argo.