Police suspect terrorists arrested in Solo to have Philippines link
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The police suspect that the network of terrorists that was ambushed in Solo in the province of Central Java on Friday night has links with a terror network based in the Philippines, a police official said on Saturday.
"The suspects are linked with a terrorist network in the Philippines," National Police head of the public relations division Inspector General Anang Iskandar said.
The shootout occurred when a Jalan veteran was ambushed near a Lotte Mart shopping center that left two of the suspected terrorists and anti-terrorist unit member dead, he said.
"While the arrest was being made, a fight broke out between the police and the terror suspects, who took out their guns and started shooting at the police, which left Second Brigadier Suherman and the two terror suspects namely Farhan and Mukhsin dead, while another suspect was caught alive," Iskandar stated.
An Italian made `bareta pietro` pistol with the words Property Philippines National Police (PNP) written on it, three magazines, 43 nine millimeter caliber bullets with a Luger trade mark and nine holopoint CBC have been recovered as evidence, he pointed out.