Indonesian police kill 5 "suspected terrorist" at two different locations on #Bali - Jakarta Post—
David Poort (@DavidPoort) March 18, 2012
Here’s an excerpt from the Jakarta Post:
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.
Twitchy will continue to monitor the situation for new details.