Police chief says six died after officers felt their lives were in danger following car chase along Jakarta highway.
Six suspected supporters of Indonesian Muslim leader Muhammad Rizieq Shihab were killed in a clash with police in the early hours of Monday morning, Jakarta police chief Fadil Imran told reporters.
The incident occurred just after midnight on a highway to the east of Jakarta when a police car was attacked while following a vehicle believed to be carrying followers of the scholar, Fadil said.
“Officers who felt their lives were threatened took firm and measured action against the group,” the Kompas newspaper cited Fadil as saying.
The group had firearms and sharp weapons, the police chief added, according to the paper.
The police have been investigating the controversial scholar for violations of health protocols during the pandemic after large gatherings to mark his return to Indonesia in November after fleeing to Saudi Arabia in 2017.