Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Latest news from Police vs. Muslim Militant battles in Poso

Ten people including a police officer were killed in a gunfight between police and a group of armed civilians in Poso town in Central Sulawesi on Monday, police said.

"One of the fatalities is a member of the police`s Anti-terror Special Unit 88, Brigadier 2nd Class Rony Iskandar, while the nine others are civilians," Central Sulawesi Police Chief Brigadier General Badrodin Haiti told newsmen.

Haiti said the nine civilians killed in the incident were categorized as members of an armed group because when their bodies were evacuated they proved to have carried self-made firearms, ammunition and even explosives.

"Most of the dead civilian are on the police`s list of wanted persons," he said.

Haiti said he could not yet give the names of the dead civilians as they were still undergoing a full identification process.

"Their bodies have been moved from the Poso police headquarters to Poso`s general hospital," he said.

He said the body of Brigadier 2nd Class Rony Iskandar had meanwhile been flown to the provincial capital of Palu for an autopsy at the Bhayangkara police hospital along with three other police officers who were injured in the incident, namely Inspector 2nd Class Musliha, Brigadier 2nd Class I Wayan Panda and Brigadier 2nd Class Wahid.

Haiti said two civilians were also injured by stray bullets in the incident, namely Paijo (40) and Kusno (35) who were now being treated in Poso`s general hospital.

Meanwhle, Adjunct Senior Commisioner Muhammad Kilar, a Central Sulawesi police spokesman, said police had also arrested 19 men wanted by the police (for their alleged role in past acts of vilence in Poso) in an operation that had been going on since Monday morning.

"So, in all, 28 people (wanted for acts of violence) have been captured, including those killed," he said. The living prisoners had already been sent to the resort police station in Palu for interrogation.

He said during the sweeping operation, the police also confiscated many objects proving the arrrested men`s involvement in violence including tens of home-made bombs, 170 detonators, tens of firearms and thousands of active rounds of ammunition.

"All the evidence is being kept at the regional police station for use in interrogation," he said.

Kilar said Monday morning`s gunfight happened after a group of armed civilians attacked a joint police patrol unit with gun fire and bombs in Poso.

On Jan. 11, police in Poso killed a man they said was a senior member of the al-Qaida-linked regional terror group Jemaah Islamiyah, which was blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings and other deadly attacks in Indonesia in recent years.

Labels: , , ,

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home