Indonesian police shoot suspected militant after blast

Suspected extremist group member blamed for explosion near gov’t building in West Java in critical condition

Indonesian police shoot suspected militant after blast

World Bulletin / News Desk

Indonesian police have shot a suspected extremist group member accused of detonating a bomb at a park near a government building.

Inspector General Anton Charliyan, a police chief in West Java province, said Monday that a shootout occurred at the scene in provincial capital Bandung.

"The suspect had detonated explosives before escaping and hiding in the office," he was quoted as saying by detik.com.

Authorities believe the suspect -- who reportedly demanded that police release a detained associate -- is a member of Jamaah Anshorut Tauhid, whose leader ordered all members to pledge allegiance to ISIL in 2014.

The suspect was transported to the nearest hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Police seized a backpack at the scene.

Indonesia has been cracking down on militant groups since the 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people died.

The country has been on alert against extremist activities over the past year, further heightening security measures after the January 2016 attack left eight people -- including four ISIL-linked suspects -- dead in the capital.

In December, police arrested 14 people on suspicion of planning suicide bombings across the country.

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