Associated Press in Jakarta
guardian.co.uk, Monday 7 January 2013 08.50 GMT
Indonesia's US-funded police anti-terror squad has killed seven suspected militants recently, reviving allegations that the force is not trying to take suspects alive – a trend that appears to be fuelling the very extremism the predominantly Muslim country is trying to counter.
Police spokesman Brigadier General Boy Rafli Amar said on Sunday that no shots were fired against officers during three raids on Friday and Saturday in eastern Indonesia, but that the suspects in at least one of the locations had explosives "ready" to be detonated.
He said officers from the anti-terror squad, known as Densus 88, had followed procedures because the suspects were endangering their lives, but gave few details.
Haris Azhar, chairman of independent human rights group the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence, said it appeared the suspected militants were victims of "extrajudicial killings" and called for an independent investigation. He said Densus 88's tactics were driving militancy because they added to feelings among some Muslims that they were under siege.