Indonesian security forces have shot to death six Daesh-linked militants and arrested a seventh one suspected of plotting a terror attack on a police station on Java Island.
A spokesman for Indonesia’s national police said the incident occurred on Saturday when the gunmen arrived at a traffic police post in a village in Tuban district, East Java, and started firing shots at the officers there.
The militants refused to surrender during the standoff that ensued and six of them were fatally shot by police after several hours of fighting, said spokesman Rikwanto. A remaining militant was captured alive, according to the spokesman. No casualties were reported on the side of the police forces.
Police said the assailants were part of a Daesh-linked network called Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) and had planned to perpetrate the act of terror as a revenge for the recent arrest of a senior figure with the network.
Dozens of rounds of ammunition, several firearms, knives, and vehicles were also seized from the militants.
JAD has been blamed for a series of recent attacks in Indonesia, including an assault in the capital, Jakarta, last year. Back then, a gun and bomb attack, claimed by Daesh, left four attackers and four civilians dead in the capital.
Indonesian law enforcement agencies have arrested hundreds of militants during a sustained crackdown in recent years.
At least 400 Indonesians have reportedly joined the Daesh terrorist group in the two conflict-plagued Middle Eastern countries of Iraq and Syria. Dozens of the extremists have returned to Indonesia.
A total of over 30,000 foreign nationals have flocked to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside Daesh extremists or other foreign-sponsored terrorist groups.