Six Alleged Sympathizers of Radicalized Islamist Cleric Dead After Attack on Jakarta Police

Suspected supporters of radical hardline Islamist cleric Rizieq Shihab were killed in shoot-out with police.

Suspected supporters of radical hardline Islamist cleric Rizieq Shihab  were killed in shoot-out with police in Jakarta.

The shooting occurred when a police car was attacked near the East Karawang toll gate on Sunday midnight, Dec. 6  while tailing a car believed to be loaded with Shihab’s followers.

Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) chairman Ahmad Shabri Lubis said that Shihab and his family, including his toddler-age grandchildren, were on their way to a private dawn preaching event.

Jakarta Police chief Inspector Gen. Fadil Imran said they had received a tip-off the night  prior regarding a plan allegedly concocted by FPI members to delay the  questioning of Shihab regarding  public health protocol violations at his mass gatherings last month.

Police then carried out an investigation to verify the information.When the police tailed a vehicle thought to belong to [Rizieq]  supporters, [the driver of that vehicle] immediately obstructed the  police car,” said Fadil.

Fadil said that four other supporters managed to escape after police officers managed to repel their attack. 

Fadil urged Shihab to surrender and that his supporters stop disrupting the investigation. 

In addition to Shahib,  police will also question a number of Rizieq’s friends and relatives  over the gatherings in  Petamburan II which have allegedly violated Indonesia’s Article 160 of the Criminal Code and Article 93 of  the Quarantine Law No.6/2018.


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