JAKARTA- According to the local police, “Indonesian anti-terrorism officers shot dead three suspected Islamic militants on Saturday in the central Java city of Yogyakarta”. Two officers suffered arm wounds and police seized four machetes and a revolver.
The Majority-Muslim Southeast Asian nation has faced a surge in homegrown Islamist militancy in recent years. In May, around 30 people were killed in suicide bombings in Surabaya, the deadliest attack in over a decade.
National police spokesman, Mohammad Iqbal said, “the officers from the elite unit had shot the suspects after being attacked with “sharp weapons and a firearm”. Iqbal’s statement said the men were believed to be members of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a loose grouping of hundreds of Islamic State sympathizers that is on a U.S. State Department terrorist list.