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Jakarta : Indonesian police said its counter-terrorism squad had arrested five suspected terrorists in South Tangerang, a satellite town in the capital Jakarta.

National police spokesman Ahmed Ramzan said on Wednesday that the suspects, believed to be linked to a terrorist network of the Indonesian Islamic State (NII), were arrested on Sunday.

Police did not reveal the identities of the suspects as the investigation was underway, Xinhua news agency reported.

On 25 March in West Sumatra Province, the Densus 88 police force arrested 16 terrorist suspects who largely recruited new members, including children. They were joined with other NII members in Jakarta, West Java Province and the country’s resort island of Bali.

The NII is a rebel group that seeks to make Indonesia an Islamic state, led by Kartsowirjo, who was arrested and executed in 1962.

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