Jakarta gunman a former terror convict
Police in Indonesia have identified the man who was caught on camera firing a gun in Thursday’s deadly attacks.
National Police chief Inspector General Badrodin Haiti confirmed that the man, Sunakim, aka Afif, was arrested in 2010 by the counter terrorism squad for his involvement in terror-related activities.
“It was him, the shooter, whose photos are circulating,” the police chief was quoted as saying by Indonesian newsportal kompas.com on Friday (Jan 15).
Carrying a backpack and wearing black gloves, he was seen pulling out a gun after explosions took place inside a Starbucks outlet and a police post at the Thamrin intersection in Jakarta .
He and his accomplice blended in with the crowds at the intersection after the bombs exploded.
Insp Gen Badrodin said that the terrorist was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2010, the Jakarta Post reported.
Afif was one of five terrorists killed in the attacks. A total of seven people were killed.
At least 20 people were injured in the attack.
Source: kompas.com, Jakarta Post