Clash between Police Officers and Inmates at Mobile Brigade Headquarters
- Author: Theresa Obrien May 10, 2018,
May 10, 2018, 13:23
In a message carried on its Amaq news agency, Islamic State claimed responsibility and said that 10 counter-terrorism officers had been killed. A counterterrorism investigator said four police officers were wounded and were being treated at a hospital.
A police watchdog has questioned the transparency of the National Police in handling a riot and ongoing standoff between antiterrorism police officers and Islamic State (IS)-linked terrorism convicts at a high-security detention center in Jakarta's neighboring city of Depok, West Java.
"This incident was just triggered by a trivial thing, about food from families", Iqbal told reporters outside the headquarters of the elite Mobile Brigade police in Depok, using another acronym for Daesh.
"Brigadier Iwan Sarjana has been successfully released", National Police spokesman Inspector Gen. Setyo Wasisto said at a press conference as quoted by the Kompas.com news site. "We can not be rash because it involves national security", Wiranto explained.
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He said an inmate who was fatally shot after grabbing weapons and threatening officers.
"If they surrender, it will be a non-violent process".
Mr Iqbal said dispute had broken out with prisoners who objected to authorities making checks on food being brought into them.
But a recent spate of attacks inspired by Islamic State prompted authorities to more than double its force to 1,300 late a year ago.
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"The majority of terrorism convicts, above 90%, have surrendered", he said.
But police also said some of the prisoners had recently met Aman Abdurrahman, who is believed to be the ideological leader of IS sympathisers in Indonesia.
Police maintained tight security around the jail and kept onlookers away.
IS sympathizers have carried out a series of low level attacks in Indonesia in recent years.
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