Six suspected supporters of Indonesian cleric killed in clash

JAKARTA (CNA) – Six suspected supporters of Indonesian cleric Rizieq Shihab were killed in a clash with police yesterday, Jakarta police chief Fadil Imran told reporters.

The incident occurred just after midnight on a highway when a police car was attacked while following a car believed to be carrying supporters of the cleric, resulting in a shootout, Fadil said.

The police have been investigating the controversial cleric for violations of health protocols during the pandemic after large gatherings to celebrate his return to the country from self exile in Saudi Arabia.

Shihab, leader of the Islamic Defenders Front, left Indonesia in 2017 to go on an Umrah, or minor pilgrimage, to Makkah shortly after the National Police charged him in connection with a pornography chat case and for allegedly insulting the Pancasila state ideology.