Indonesia counterterror police kills militant, three arrested

Indonesian counterterrorism police have fatally shot a suspected Islamic militant and arrested three others near the capital, Jakarta.

Published: 23rd March 2017 02:38 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd March 2017 02:38 PM   |  A+A-

By Associated Press

JAKARTA: Indonesian counterterrorism police have fatally shot a suspected Islamic militant and arrested three others near the capital, Jakarta.

Local police chief Listyo Sigit Prabowo said the shootout occurred Thursday in Banten province when a counterterrorism squad ambushed four suspected militants on the outskirts of Cilegon city.

Prabowo told TVOne that police fired on the group after they tried to run down officers with a car.

Muslim-majority Indonesia has carried out a sustained crackdown on militants since 2002, when bombings on the tourist island of Bali by al-Qaida-affiliated radicals killed 202 people.

A new threat has emerged in the past several years from Islamic State group sympathizers.

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