Indonesia: Five more IS-linked suspects captured hinh anh 1Indonesian police escort terror suspects to a news conference in Jakarta on May 17. Illustrative image. (Photo: AFP)

Jakarta (VNA)Five terrorists were arrested by Indonesia’s Densus 88 counter-terrorism squad on October 2 for allegedly involving in the Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT), a militant group linked to the self-claimed Islamic State (IS).

The suspects were captured in Central Sulawesi as they attempted to assemble bombs and spy several police stations to plan terrorist acts, said the national police’s spokesperson Dedi Prasetyo.

The Densus 88 confiscated a number of self-made bombs, weapons and IS flag from the location of the arrest.

The MIT, whose members have sworn allegiance to the IS group, has been active in the Poso area of Sulawesi Island in recent years.

The group’s overall force had been reduced to seven fighters, including its leader Ali Kalora, following recent killings of other members of the militant group.

In July, Indonesia extended Operation Tinombala, a joint military-police task force that has targeted MIT militants on Sulawesi since January 2016, by three months.

Tinombala replaced another joint operation to pursue the militants on Sulawesi, Camar Maleo, which began in 2015./.
VNA