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Indonesian police gun down 3 suspected members of Daesh-linked network

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Indonesian plain-clothes police personnel arrest a suspected terrorist in Yogyakarta city on July 14, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Indonesian anti-terrorism officers have shot dead three suspected Daesh-linked militants during a firefight in the central city of Yogyakarta on the island of Java.

National police spokesman Mohammad Iqbal said in a statement on Saturday that the officers from the elite unit had shot the suspected militants after being attacked with "sharp weapons and a firearm."

He added that the three men were believed to be members of a local Daesh-affiliated network, known as Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which is blacklisted by the US Department of State as a terrorist organization.

Two officers also suffered arm injuries and police seized four machetes and a revolver.

The majority-Muslim Southeast Asian country has been facing mounting violence in recent years.

In May, around 26 people were killed and dozens injured in multiple bombings in the country’s second-largest city, Surabaya, the deadliest attack in over a decade.

Police linked the bombings on churches and outside a police station in Surabaya to JAD.

Back in January 2016, four civilians and four attackers were also killed in a series of explosions and shootings in central Jakarta.

Indonesian prosecutors linked Aman Abdurrahman, a cleric believed to be a main leader of JAD, to the Jakarta attacks and demanded the death penalty for him.

Indonesian law enforcement agencies have arrested hundreds of militants during a sustained crackdown in recent years.

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