JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Unidentified gunmen killed two police officers near Indonesia's capital, days after security forces made multiple arrests and killed suspects in anti-terrorism raids, police said Saturday.
Two men on a motorbike followed an officer who was heading to a police precinct in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, on Friday night. They shot him dead and fled, said National Police spokesman Maj. Gen. Ronny Frengky Sompie .
They were pursued by a police car that hit the motorbike before plunging into a drain. Sompie said the gunmen then killed another officer in the car. Police returned fire and apparently injured one of the men, but they managed to escape on a villager's motorbike that they stole.
It was the second attack against police in less than two weeks. Two gunmen on a motorbike killed a police officer on Aug. 7 when Indonesian Mulims were preparing the Eid al-Fitr holiday to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
"There are similarities between the two attacks," Sompie said. "We are mobilizing our forces now to search for the perpetrators to reveal their motives and their possible links with terrorist groups."