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ICC Note: After Indonesia has sentenced the mastermind behind several bombings and suicide attacks against churches and police to death, the country’s counter-terrorism police aim to arrest more than 100 suspected terrorists linked to him, in order to prevent retaliatory attacks.

06/28/2018 Indonesia (Channel News Asia) – Indonesia’s counter-terrorism police plan to arrest more than 100 suspected militants in a bid to prevent retaliatory attacks after a radical cleric linked to Islamic State was sentenced to death, the country’s police chief said on Thursday.

Aman Abdurrahman, regarded as the ideological leader of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah, a loose grouping of hundreds of Islamic State sympathisers, was convicted last month for masterminding four deadly attacks in Jakarta and elsewhere in Indonesia.

He has been in prison since 2009, but was accused of orchestrating the attacks from behind bars. No date has been set for Abdurrahman’s execution, which is likely to be by firing squad, but in the meantime Indonesian security forces have been put on high alert.

“The price we have to pay is the possibility of his networks retaliating,” General Tito Karnavian told Reuters in an interview at the national police headquarters.

“But the good news is we have detected most of his networks and cells…More than 100 of them will be arrested. We have to move before they move,” said Karnavian, who previously headed Indonesia’s elite counter-terrorism squad Detachment 88, known locally as Densus 88.

The Southeast Asian nation has faced a surge in homegrown militancy in recent years and around 30 people were killed in suicide bombings in Surabaya last month, marking the deadliest militant attack in over a decade in the Muslim-majority country.

The attacks on three churches and a police station in Surabaya were carried out by families, who took children as young as eight on their mission, marking the first time such a tactic had been used, according to terrorism experts.

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