Muslim Times(Web Desk) – Indonesian anti-terrorism officers have shot dead three suspected Daesh-linked militants during a firefight in the central city of Yogyakarta on the island of Java.
National police spokesman Mohammad Iqbal said in a statement on Saturday that the officers from the elite unit had shot the suspected militants after being attacked with “sharp weapons and a firearm.”
He added that the three men were believed to be members of a local Daesh-affiliated network, known as Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which is blacklisted by the US Department of State as a terrorist organization.
Two officers also suffered arm injuries and police seized four machetes and a revolver.
The majority-Muslim Southeast Asian country has been facing mounting violence in recent years.
In May, around 26 people were killed and dozens injured in multiple bombings in the country’s second-largest city, Surabaya, the deadliest attack in over a decade.
Police linked the bombings on churches and outside a police station in Surabaya to JAD.
Back in January 2016, four civilians and four attackers were also killed in a series of explosions and shootings in central Jakarta.
Indonesian prosecutors linked Aman Abdurrahman, a cleric believed to be a main leader of JAD, to the Jakarta attacks and demanded the death penalty for him.