Party time in Sanur
Replies: 23 - Last Post: Mar 21, 2012 7:04 PM Last Post By: davelliot
Mar 18, 2012 11:18 AM
Party time in SanurPeni Widarti and I Wayan Juniarta, The Jakarta Post, Denpasar | Mon, 03/19/2012
Five suspected terrorists were reportedly killed during police raids at two different locations in Bali late on Sunday.
Police have yet to issue an official statement on the nature of the raids and details on the casualties.
The first raid took place at around 10:15 p.m. in a budget hotel, Laksmi, on Jl. Danau Poso 99X, Sanur. The area is known as one of the most famous red-light districts in Bali, where people can easily obtain a cheap room from staff at budget hotels who rarely ask for valid identification from their guests.
Neighbors said that they heard a burst of gunfire at around that time.
"Three were killed here and another two in Soputan," Bali Legislative Council member I Made Arjaya, whose family home lies just 30 meters away from the site of the first raid, told The Jakarta Post.
Soputan is a street in a densely-populated area in west Denpasar.
A police source at the scene confirmed members of the group were believed to have been raising funds for terrorism via armed robberies.
“The five people are part of the group that masterminded the 2010 CIMB Niaga bank robbery in Medan (North Sumatra). We have tailed them for months before we make the raids,” the field operative, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Post on Sunday.
Police had confiscated firearms, he said, and some intelligence reports suggested that the group intended to plan robberies in order to generate money for future terrorist activities.
When asked about more detail of the arrest, the police source refused to reveal further information Sunday night, as it could disrupt police investigations.
But Bali Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Hariadi later denied that the suspects were terrorists, describing them instead as professional robbers plotting to commit a heist.
He said that the suspects had been carrying firearms at the time of the raids. (nvn)
Mar 18, 2012 11:36 AM
Mar 18, 2012 12:13 PM
2I suspect the five killed will include some of the five men released after the bank robbery in Medan in 2010. 15 men were arrested in Medan after that robbery and were allegedly acting under orders of terrorist Abu Tholut and linked to Maulana who worked with Ahmad Gazali, member of Jamaah Anshorut Tahib, a militant wing of Jemaah Islamiya funded and led by Abu Bakar Ba' ashir. Detachment 88 busted up an al Qaeda linked JI paramilitary terrorist group training in Aceh who believes robberies for JI are halal - part of fortunes gained from holy war. I have no doubt the five released have been tailed since then. I can't wait to hear more about this.
Mar 18, 2012 12:16 PM
Mar 18, 2012 12:19 PM
4So it looks like the terrorists still have Bali tourists in their sights, a scary thing. Not a Paradise.
Mar 18, 2012 12:29 PM
Mar 18, 2012 12:34 PM
6How would you know? As far as known, you've never even been to Bali. For certain there is nobody who can verify that you have.
Mar 18, 2012 12:41 PM
Mar 18, 2012 12:45 PM
8Trust me little boy Stevie, I can run circles around you in Bahasa Indonesia, and better yet, say things to you in Bahasa Balinese that would make your mommy shudder (if she knew what they meant). So get that myth out of your feeble mind.
Any more straws you want to grasp at today...all the while making you look even more as the forum clown?
Mar 18, 2012 2:08 PM
Mar 18, 2012 5:07 PM
10Some early news.
Mar 18, 2012 5:44 PM
Mar 18, 2012 7:14 PM
Mar 18, 2012 7:17 PM
13Too bad so many people spend all their time in southern Bali.
There's plenty of paradise to be found in Bali...one only needs to get out of the south to find it.
Mar 18, 2012 7:33 PM
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