Roundup: Indonesia's crackdown on militants seems to draw retaliation
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JAKARTA, Sep. 23, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) -- Indonesian police crackdown against militants in the country has apparently drawn a retaliation from those who may aim to show their existence.

On Wednesday evening, three police officers were fatally shot in a police office in North Sumatra province after anti-terror police squad killed three militants in the province and Lampung province on Sunday.

Although police have not confirmed yet that the Wednesday's attacks as a retaliation, but they said that the perpetrators of over ten gunmen were parts of the terrorist network in North Sumatra province linked with the terrorist cells in the provinces of Aceh and West Java.

The attacks has led the police in North Sumatra province to impose high alert. Most of the police station, particularly those at critical areas, such as in the borders with other provinces would be reinforced.

National Police chief General Bambang Hendarso Danuri has said that the attackers at the police station were militants, they have been well-trained for assassinating to officials, including police.

"They have already had a concept of assassination against officials and assault on police posts at remote areas," said Hendarso.

The police chief revealed that there were 33 members of the group in North Sumatra, which three of whom have been killed and 16 others have been arrested.

The militant group had engaged in a series of bank and money changer robberies since April in North Sumatra province, and the most spectacular one was the bank robbery at CIMB Niaga in Medan, the capital of the province, on Sept. 13, which then led the police to paralyze them and uncover their network on the Sunday's crackdown, said Hendarso.

The acts aimed at financing their movement such as purchasing weaponry, he said. During raids on Sunday, the police seized TNT, high-powered weapons which will be used for the next plots, said Hendarso.

Some of the militants had been trained in Afghanistan and other conflict area, National Police Spokesman Iskandar Hasan has said.

Former intelligence chief Henropriyono said that the militants may have shifted the way of funding from overseas to local source through robbery as the authorities have blocked the channel for overseas donators.

After the crackdown on the network of militants following the last major suicide bombings on the twin luxurious hotels in Jakarta last year, the militants seem to keep developing and expanding their networks as the police have revealed more than one hundreds people involved in terror training in Aceh province and terror cell in West Java in February and August.

The militants had conducted a military-style terror training in Aceh province before the police raided them in February and captured 102 militants. Some of them have been brought to justice. Then the police foiled a terror plot on foreign targets and top officials as they raided a scores of militants on their hideouts in West Java in August.

Indonesia has been suffered from terrorist attacks since 2000, including bombings at churches, suicide bombings in night clubs in Bali and the recent twin luxurious hotels in Jakarta, killing more than 250 people.

The country has cracked down the militant network across the nation, scores of militant top figures have been captured or shot dead, dozens of terrorist suspects have also been detained and brought to justice.



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