Jakarta: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has praised the Police Special Detachment 88 Anti-Terror (Densus 88) for unveiling a terror cell in the North Sumatra city of Sibolga.
"The Police need to increase their effors. We are committed to unveil more terror cells," President Jokowi told journalists on Wednesday.
On Tuesday afternoon, a supected terrorist named Husein alias Abu Hamzah was arrested in his house. While being arrested, he managed to detonate a homemade bomb.
"The explosion injured police officers and local residents. I wish for their speedy recovery," President Jokowi remarked.
After the arrest, Husein's wife refused to leave her house, located in a residential area in the city. On Wednesday early morning, the woman detonated herself and her two children, prompting nearby residents to leave the site to save themselves
"It is not related with the upcoming elections. It is related with the previous arrest in Lampung," President Jokowi noted.
Densus 88 nabbed two suspected terrorists in Lampung and West Kalimantan and Lampung. They allegedly planned terror attacks in Jakarta and their hometowns.
The two terror suspectsare only identified with their initials 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.
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.