Terror suspect, policeman killed in Indonesia shootout

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Jakarta, Feb 15 (IANS) A suspected terrorist and a police official were killed on Monday in a shootout in Indonesia.

The incident occurred in Bima district around 7. a.m. (local time), XInhua quoted police chief General Badrodin Haiti as saying.

Haiti said the suspect was a member of a terrorist group led by high profile militant leader Santoso based in Poso in Central Sulawesi.

The militant, who appeared to be alone, fired shots at the police, said Haiti.

“He took part in assassination of the police chief of a sub-district in Bima. He was also the perpetrator who shot a police patrol in Poso,” he said in Jakarta.

Indonesian police have been on high alert for terror threats following an announcement by the Islamic State group.

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In January, the group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Jakarta, which killed eight people, including four attackers.

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