Rented houses raided to anticipate terrorists` hideouts

>> Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cirebon, W Java (ANTARA News) - Police and public order officers in the West Java town of Cirebon raided a number of rented houses here early on Wednesday to anticipate terror suspects and criminals hiding in those places.

As a result of the raid involving 250 personnel, including those of the Indonesian military, eight people were arrested for failing to produce citizenship cards and marriage documents.

The sweeping operation was launched along the Cipto Mangunkusumo and Kesambi roads from Tuesday night at 10:30 pm to 1.30 am on Wednesday.

The eight people, including four women, who were living in the rented houses, were brought to the Cirebon police station, Cirebon Deputy Chief Commissioner Didit Eko Herawanto said.

"This raid was aimed at maintaining law and order in Cirebon," he said.

The security officers warmed the terror suspects and criminals that sooner or later they will be caught, he said.

The raid was a good place to hide, because the activities of tenants of the rented houses could not easily be monitored by their neighbors and even house owners, Herawanto said.

Therefore, the house owners should know each of their tenants` jobs and activities. They need also ensure that their tenants had valid citizenship documents, he said.

The same operation had earlier been launched by police and Cilegon city`s administrator to anticipate the hideouts and flows of terrorists into this industrial city.

Indonesia remains vulnerable to the real threats of terrorism as indicated by a series of terrorist attacks and ongoing acts of terrorist rings over the past eight years.

National Police chief General Bambang Hendarso Danuri said that a total of 298 people had been killed in terrorist attacks in the country in the 2000-2010 period.

"298 people have died and 838 others wounded due to terrorists` attacks in Indonesia in the 2000-2010 period," he said in a recent press briefing in Jakarta.

Last August 15, for example, a group of armed men stormed the CIMB Niaga Bank in Medan, capital city of North Sumatra province.

The National Police had gunned down and arrested a dozen of people suspected of involving in this bank heist

In another recent incident, an armed gang also attacked a police station in Hamparan Perak, North Sumatra, killing three police officers on duty.


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