[Ed. – It’s 2016 — go big or go home. The Indonesians think the terror ring is planning attacks all around Southeast Asia.]
Indonesian police found only a stash of bomb-making materials after arresting six men suspected of planning a rocket attack on Singapore from a nearby island, a senior officer said on Saturday.
But police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said a search was on for more members of a gang now believed to be part of a wider network taking instructions from a Syria-based Islamic State militant to launch attacks across Southeast Asia. …
Authorities identified the leader of the group arrested on Batam as Gigih Rahmat Dewa, who local media said was a 31-year-old factory worker from the Javanese city of Solo. Solo has been linked to several previous attacks by Islamist militants in Indonesia.
The group was suspected of having direct links to Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian who had lived in Solo but is now believed to be fighting with Islamic State in Syria.
“The six people led by GRD had planned to launch attacks,” National Police Chief Tito Karnavian told reporters, referring to Dewa by his initials. “They were in direct contact with Bahrun Naim in Syria and he had ordered them to attack Singapore and Batam.”
Indonesian investigators believe that Naim was one of the masterminds behind an attack in January in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, in which eight people were killed, including the four attackers.