Indonesian security forces have arrested 19 ISIL terrorists in the last three days as they tighten security, especially around churches as the largest Christian festivities arrive. The tight security can be credited to reliable sources that indicated the ISIL group operating in the country have planned attacks against Christians during the Christmas holiday.
The National Police spokesman, Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasisto said on Tuesday that 19 militants were arrested between Dec. 9 and 11 in East Java, Pekanbaru, and the South Sumatra province. The preventative measures have been employed especially after the New York attack which could inspire the militants to attack the minority Christian population.
Indonesia has been on alert against extremist activities in recent years, further heightening security measures after a January 2016 attack left eight people — including four ISIL-linked suspects — dead in the capital.
About 10 percent of Indonesia’s population of approximately 265 million is Christian.