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Indonesia Arrests 12 Suspects Linked to Terror Attack

by VOA News January 16, 2016

Indonesian police say they have arrested 12 people allegedly connected to this past week's deadly Islamic State-linked terror attack in the capital.

National police chief Badrodin Haiti said Saturday the suspects were arrested in raids across the nation. He said the group had received funding from unidentified sources within Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for the attack.

All five militants involved in the Thursday assault were killed after they attacked police and other targets in downtown Jakarta with bombs, grenades and guns. Two civilians were also killed.

One of the perpetrators who died had previously been arrested for possessing ammunition during a visit to the country by U.S. President Barack Obama, Haiti revealed Friday.

Deadly terror attack

It was the worst terror attack in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, since twin hotel bombings in Jakarta in 2009 that left seven people dead.

Other countries in the region scrambled to ramp up security measures in response.

In neighboring Malaysia, police said Saturday they arrested a suspected member of Islamic State who confessed to plotting a suicide attack in the country. The 28-year-old suspect was detained at a train station in Kuala Lumpur.

Authorities said the suspect was in possession of weapons and had hung several Islamic State flags. But they gave no details about the alleged plot.

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