Terrorist arrested after shootout with police

Terrorist arrested after shootout with police
Police have arrested a man who had first detonated a bomb and then fled into a government building.

A man who police believe is connected to a "terrorist network," was arrested in the city of Bandung in Indonesia on Monday morning local time, reports Berlingske.

According to the news agency dpa, local TV stations reported that the suspected bomber had detonated a homemade bomb in a park.

Then he hid in a government building in Bandung, the capital of the province of West Java.

The alleged offender threw various items from the second floor of the building, which he also tried to set fire to when police told him to surrender, reports CNN Indonesia.

The police then engaged in an exchange of fire with the man, before he was eventually arrested.

- The situation is now under control. We tried to negotiate, but instead the offender tried to burn the place, says police chief Anton Charliyan according to AFP.

- He is from a terrorist network, he added, without giving further details.

Indonesia is the country with most Muslims in the world and it has long fought against militant Islamism.

In the past 15 years the country has been hit by a series of attacks, including the Bali bombings in 2002, when 202 people were killed.

Authorities and politicians have systematically cracked down on militant Islamic networks over the years, but the influence of the militant group the Islamic State (IS) has given new problems in the country.

A variety of attacks and foiled attacks in Indonesia in recent years have been linked to supporters of IS.

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