Three held in connection with Makassar suicide bombing

National Police’s anti-terror squad Densus 88 has arrested three women who are believed to have links with the perpetrators of the suicide bombing attack outside the Cathedral Church in Makassar, South Sulawesi on Sunday.

“Following the suicide bombing in Makassar, the number of suspects has increased by three. They are all women,” chief of the public information section of National Police’s public relations division, Senior Commissioner Ahmad Ramadhan, informed in Jakarta on Tuesday.

The three women, identified by their initials as MM, M, and MAN, had links with the married couple — identified as L and YSF or D — suspected of being the perpetrators of the suicide bombing, Ramadhan said.

MM, who was arrested a few days before the bombing, allegedly knew the exact plan for the suicide bombing and motivated the married couple to execute it, he informed.

MM also gave jihad (holy war) and sahid (martyr) motivations to the couple, he said.

M is the sister-in-law of SAS, who was arrested on Monday in a separate operation. SAS allegedly had knowledge of the activities of the study group at Villa Mutiara, he added.

The third suspect, MAN, allegedly saw L riding a motorcycle to the scene of the suicide bombing and also attended the study group with SAS, he informed.

Ramadhan said seven suspected terrorists from the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) network have been arrested since the suicide bombing attack.

Earlier on Monday, Densus had arrested four suspected terrorists, identified as AS, SAS, MR, and AN or AA.

Source: Antara News

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