Jakarta: Police arrested a suspected terrorist during a counterterrorism operation in Bangko, Rokan Hilir, Riau on Thursday, March 14, 2019.
Riky Gustadi alias Abu Riky allegedly spread ISIS propaganda on social media. He also promoted the activities of ISIS-affiliated militans in the southern Philippines.
Authorities also searched Abu Riky's home during the operation. They reportedly confiscated eight arrows, a bow, a laptop, a mobile phone and some other items from his house.
"He was caught at Jalan Bagan Kota, Bangko, Rohil, Riau. He was then brought to Jakarta," National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pol. Dedi Prasetyo explained.
Eearly this week, the Police Special Detachment 88 Anti-Terror (Densus 88) arrested three suspected terrorists in the North Sumatra city of Sibolga. Last week, the special unit arrested two suspected terrorists in Lampung and West Kalimantan.
"Sibolga's terrorist arrest is the result of the development of Lampung’s terrorist arrest. It has nothing to do with the upcoming elections," President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo told journalists on Wednesday.
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.
The third presidential debate will take place at Sultan Hotel in Central Jakarta on February 17. The questions will cover the issues of human resources, health, education and socio-cultural affairs.
A recent survey from Roy Morgan shows that the incumbent 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.