(News.com.au) – Indonesian police are intensively interrogating 11 terrorism suspects, including two men accused of helping plan the deadly blast that struck the Australian embassy in Jakarta last year. The two prime suspects were caught in Jakarta last week with pistols – one engraved with the word “jihad” – as well as ammunition and bomb detonators, police said yesterday. Police spokesman Colonel Zainari Lubis claimed they were almost certainly active members of the terrorist organisation Jemaah Islamiah.
Connected with Asia’s most wanted men, notorious militants Noordin Mohammad Top and Azahari bin Husin, the two men played important roles in the embassy attack in September last year, he alleged. “They set up the bombing circuit for the Kuningan bombing (of the Australian embassy), and gave weapons to Noordin and Azahari,” Colonel Lubis claimed. “They also provided operational funds. It seems they’re members of Azahari’s group.” Top and Azahari are wanted in connection with the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people including 88 Australians, and the 2003 Marriott hotel blast that killed 12, as well as the embassy bombing that killed 10.
They have eluded police for years, despite a number of close calls. They continue to plan attacks in Indonesia , with police saying their most recent target was police headquarters in Jakarta . The other nine suspects were arrested in the central Java city of Solo , home to the notorious Ngruki Islamic boarding school run by accused JI leader Abu Bakar Bashir. Colonel Lubis said two of the Solo suspects had been connected with the murder of a Christian prosecutor in central Sulawesi , a province racked with interreligious violence. The prosecutor was known for his courage in fighting terrorism cases.