Indonesia arrests three with suspected links to Islamic State

Indonesian police on Thursday arrested three men with suspected links to Islamic State as part of an operation in the province of Central Sulawesi to capture the country’s most-wanted man, state media reported.

The arrests came as the US embassy in Jakarta issued an “emergency message” for US citizens warning of potential security threats at tourist beaches on the island of Lombok surrounding the New Year’s celebrations.

Counter-terrorism officials believe there are at least 1,000 sympathisers of the radical jihadist group across Indonesia. More than a dozen men suspected of planning bomb attacks over the holiday period were arrested in a series of raids recently, and the hunt is on for their ringleaders.