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Indo terrorists behind police hits
"All of them were indicated to be Jemaah Ansharut Tauhid (JAT) members who had been training or preparing themselves to commit terror acts planned in that region," national police spokesman Anton Bachrul Alam told reporters.
"Their future plans include stealing firearms from Brimob special police force in Central Sulawesi, robbing a bank and carrying out robberies in the villages," he added.
Two men have been arrested over the attack, in which four gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on police guarding a bank in Palu district last month and two other gang members were killed in a raid in Poso district on Saturday, Alam said.
Three others are still at large, he added.
The shooting is the latest in a series of recent terror-related incidents including a Good Friday plot to blow up a Jakarta church and a book bomb campaign targeting Muslim moderates and counter-terrorism officials.
Bashir, 72, has been accused of providing funding of more than $62,000 to a terrorist group dubbed Al-Qaeda in Aceh that was plotting attacks in Indonesia, and prosecutors have sought a maximum life sentence.
Police say the JAT he founded in 2008 was a front for a new campaign of terrorism in the world's most populous Muslim-majority state.
Indonesia is struggling to deal with the threat of home-grown Islamist militants who oppose the country's secular, democratic system and want to create a caliphate across much of Southeast Asia.
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