Jakarta: National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pol. Dedi Prasetyo has confirmed the Police Special Detachment 88 Anti-Terror (Densus 88) along with the Anti-Terrorism and Radicalism Task Force recently arrested two suspected terrorists.
"This is part of our efforts to minimize terror threats ahead of the upcoming simultaneous general and presidential elections," the police spokesperson told the press on Monday.
The two suspects are only identified with their initias R and P. They are reportedly members of Jamaah Ansharud Daulah (JAD) terror group.
According to the police spokesperson, R was arrested in Lampung province on Saturday. In the meantime, P was arrested in West Kalimantan a day later.
During an interogation, R revealed his plan to attack Lampung Police headquarters and police stations in Jakarta. On the other hand, P allegedly planned to carry out terror attacks against police officers.
"R has prepared homemade bombs. We have confiscated the items," the police spokesperson noted.
Indonesia will hold its first ever simultaneous general and presidential elections on April 17. Voters will elect the president, vice president as well as members of national and local legislative bodies on the same day.
According to the official data, as many as 192 million people will be eligible to vote this year. In addition to that, around 800 thousand polling stations will be opened on the voting day.
The General Elections Commission (KPU) will hold five presidential election debates until April 17. All the presidential debates will be staged in the capital city of Jakarta.
A recent survey from Roy Morgan shows that the incumbent pair is set for a comfortable re-election in April’s Presidential Election. This Morgan Poll on Indonesian Presidential and Parliamentary voting intention was conducted in January 2019 with an Indonesian-wide cross-section of 1,039 electors aged 17 or more and in December 2018 with an Indonesian-wide cross-section of 1,045 electors aged 17 or more.
According to the survey, the incumbent had the support of 58% of electors in January. It was up by 5% from the 2014 Indonesian Presidential Election.
On the other hand, opposition leader Prabowo Subianto had the support of 42% of electors in January. It was down 5% from the previous presidential election.