The jakarta Globe, December 20, 2012
Two police officers were shot dead and four more were injured on Thursday, after a suspected terrorist group attacked them while they were patrolling a village in the Central Sulawesi district of Poso.
“They were patrolling the area on motorcycles when shots were fired at them,” Poso Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Eko Santoso told Indonesian news portal vivanews.com on Thursday. “We found many shell casings at the location.”
Eko said the two dead officers were First Brig. Ruslan and First Brig. Marto — members of the police’s mobile brigade unit (Brimob).
The shooting took place in the Kalora village in the subdistrict of Poso Pesisir Utara, Eko added.
Central Sulawesi Police chief Brig. Gen. Dewa Parsana said separately that the attack was by a terrorist group.
“I’ve been informed that we’ve managed to arrest a terrorist suspect. The details will follow,” Dewa told beritasatu.com.
Security intensified in Poso after two policemen were found dead in Poso last month after disappearing while investigating an alleged terror camp linked to the hardline Islamist organization Jamaah Anshoru Tauhid (JAT).
Poso was the site of sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians between the late 1990s and mid-2000s that left thousands dead. It has since been described by police as a terrorism hotbed.