Jakarta attacks shooter identified as ex-terror convict

Afif is seen walking around with a gun during the attacks on Jan 14, 2016."
Afif is seen walking around with a gun during the attacks on Jan 14, 2016."PHOTO: AFP/XINHUA

JAKARTA (Jakarta Post/Asia News Network) - The police on Friday (Jan 15) identified a man caught on camera firing a gun in Thursday's deadly attacks as a former terrorist convict.

National Police chief Inspector General Badrodin Haiti confirmed that the man captured in photos shooting was Sunakim, aka Afif, who served time in 2010.

"It was him, the shooter whose photos are circulating," he said as quoted by newsportal kompas.com on Friday.

Afif was one of five terrorists killed in the attacks in the heart of the capital on Thursday.

He was snapped in the Jl. MH Thamrin area accompanied by an unidentified accomplice.

His face and actions were clearly photographed by photojournalists from Indonesian news web portal Tempo and Chinese news agency Xinhua.

Wearing a backpack and black gloves, he was seen pulling out a gun and aiming after explosions took place inside a Starbucks coffee shop and a police post on the Thamrin intersection.

He was dressed in T-shirt, jeans, sneakers and a black cap with a sports apparel logo, and blended in with dozens of people swarming the Thamrin intersection after the bombs exploded.

Badrodin explained that Afif had been arrested by the National Police's counterterrorism squad Densus 88 for involvement in military training in Aceh in 2010.

The West Jakarta District Court sentenced him to seven years' jail for terrorism and he was incarcerated in Cipinang Penitentiary.

No details were available as yet on the identities of other dead terrorists as the Disaster Victims Identification unit was still working on their identification, Badrodin said.

Besides the five suspected attackers, two civilians were also killed in the attacks and at least 20 people, including five police officers, were injured.

The National Police announced that the radical Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group was behind the attack. The police believe that ISIS entered Indonesia through a local group called Katibah Nusantara.