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Hanoi (VNA) - Indonesian police announced on February 22 that they have thwarted a terrorist plan to attack police and seize a large volume of weapons in Yogyakarta province.

National police spokesman General Dedi Prasetyo said the police arrested one plotter named Abu Hilwa, alias Andalus, and are hunting other suspects.

Hilwa was arrested on February 14 in Temanggung of central Java province and is alleged to be a member of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah (JAD), which is an allegiance of the IS terrorist group in Syria.

He admitted that he is plotting a terrorist act together with three others to attack police personnel in Yogyakarta.

The spokesman said Hilwa along with his terrorist fellows also intended to conduct shootings at police personnel. Investigation is underway.

Hilwa was deported from the Philippines after he joined a military exercise along with Adi Jihadi, a militant who channeled funds to finance the suicide bombings in Jakarta in January 2016.

In October 2016, he took parts in a paramilitary training in Banten province.

The JAD group was behind a series of suicide strikes in Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya and Riau province in May that left 32 dead and dozens injured.-VNA