Monday, March 8, 2010

Police Vs Terrorists in Aceh

On 15 August 2005, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Central Government in Jakarta and the separatists in the Province of Aceh, ending 29 years of violence there.

Since then, the media stopped reporting about violence and changed its focus into the adoption of strict Islamic Syariah Law in the province.

Last week, the media has reported about the shoot out between the Police's Anti Terrorist Unit, Densus-88, and a group of fully armed terrorists in Aceh Besar Regency, killing 3 Police officers 2 terrorists and 2 civilians. 13 terrorists were arrested and sent to a detention center in Jakarta.

After the shoot out, a group called the “Tandzim Al-Qoidah Indonesia Serambi Makkah” claimed on its blog: alufuq.wordpress.com that they belong to Al-Qaedah terrorist network. The Police is investigating about the said claim.

For details, please click here and here.

Considering that the number of the alleged terrorists were quite big and fully equipped a.o with M-16 automatic rifles, GPS communication, etc. I believe that they must have spent some time to organize themselves.

7 comments:

Herdoni Wahyono said...

Indonesia continues to overcome the prolonged armed conflict. The need to build a strong government, armed forces and police are strong and professional, early preventive action, dialogue with all parties, improving the welfare of the people equally and fairly.

H. Nizam said...

Herdoni,
Yes you are right, to overcome armed conflict the government should be strong supported by strong and professional police etc.

colson said...

No wonder that at this time and age in the vast archipelago every now and then some crazy fanatic bastards pop up.

But it seems to me Indonesian authorities did and do a decent job at curbing extremism and eliminating criminals abusing their religion. This shoot out is in a way proof of that.

Of course I'm not too happy about Aceh, but I think the concessions made by the government in Jakarta were and are worth the present relative peaceful situation

sirtiman said...

I don't like terrorist, why don't you visit my blog : http://sirtiman.blogspot.com

H. Nizam said...

@Colson,
I agree with you. There has been a lot of improvement in Aceh especially in terms of peace ad security. Fanatics would always exists any place any time. The most important is how to minimize thei influence y doing good things for the society.


@SirTiman,
I don't like terrorists too.
I'll check your blog.

Meutia Halida Khairani said...

aceh... my beloved hometown..
hope everything fine there..

H. Nizam said...

@Meutia,
Let's us hope that everything is okay in Aceh. What ever happens there all Indonesians would feel it.