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Police arrested 20 members of the hardline Islam Defenders Front (FPI) after more than 10 police officers were wounded during a violent FPI protest in Jakarta. Among those arrested was Irwan, an FPI member who organized the event, which protested against an incoming deputy governor because he is Christian and Chinese. A rights group called for the repeal of Islamic bylaws in Aceh that impose sharia punishments such as whipping on non-Muslims and infringe on basic human rights.
Detachment 88 counterterrorism forces have arrested four ethnic Uighurs in the Poso district of Sulewesi who had entered the country with fake passports and are suspected of links to the Islamic State. The suspects were reportedly trying to meet with Santoso, the head of the Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen. Militants in Santoso's group are thought to have murdered a Poso man they accused of being a spy. The sharia penalty of public caning was imposed in Aceh on nine men for gambling.
The Detachment 88 counterterrorism squad arrested Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid leader Afif Abdul Majid, who was added to the US' global terrorist list in 2013. Majid, who recently returned from Syria, has pledged support to the Islamic State, along with jailed al Qaeda-linked cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir. Although the government reportedly banned IS ideology within the past few weeks, groups supporting IS have held meetings in Jakarta, Solo in Central Java, and Bima in West Nusa Tenggara.
Sunni clerics at a mosque in West Java denounced Shiites as heretical and vowed to take any measures to prevent the spread of Shiite teachings. A video was posted on jihadist forums featuring wanted terrorist leader Abu Warda Santoso, the head of the Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (East Indonesian Mujahideen), who incited Muslims to kill members of the Detachment 88 counterterrorism squad, whom he called agents of the US and Australia.
Islamists in Jakarta and Bekasi recently demonstrated in support of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. Aceh, a province with 5 million inhabitants, has adopted a bylaw requiring both Muslims and non-Muslims to abide by sharia; sharia authorities are empowered to make arrests; confiscate property; detain suspects for 30 days prior to trial; and impose prison terms, fines, and punishments such as caning. Under the law, Christians would be prohibited from celebrating Communion with wine. The federal government has not yet approved the law. On Jan. 21, Sigit Indrajid, a member of the Negara Islam Indonesia who plotted to bomb the Myanmar Embassy, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison.
An Indonesian think tank says the Syrian conflict is drawing Indonesian jihadists, particularly those affiliated with Jemaah Islamiyah. The government estimated in December that 50 Indonesians have gone to Syria to fight with the rebels. In Syria, some are said to have linked up with Ahrar al Sham, others with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. Back home, some align with ISIS and others with the Al Nusrah Front. Over the past month, the Detachment 88 counterterrorism squad has conducted raids in Ciputat, South Tangerang, and Kenjeran, Surabaya, East Java. Many of the terror cells are linked to Mujahidin Indonesia Timur, which is headed by most-wanted leader Santoso.
Counterterrorist forces from Detachment 88 killed six "Islamist militants" and detained one more during a raid on New Years Eve in Ciputat on the outskirts of Jakarta. The jihadists are suspected of plotting to attack the Myanmar Embassy and a Buddhist temple.
The US added Said Ahmad Sungkar and Afif Abdul Majid to its terrorism blacklist for their activities with the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah and Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid, and said the two terrorist groups pose significant threats. The embassies of the US, UK, and Australia issued warnings that Islamist extremists may attack the Miss World competition; street protests by Islamists have already forced the event to move to Hindu-majority Bali. The Constitutional Court rejected a challenge to Indonesia's blasphemy laws from five plaintiffs, including a man charged with insulting Islam in a Facebook post, and a Shia leader who allegedly raised questions about the Koran.