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Indonesia police arrest two wanted Muslim militants

ICC Note: It would appear that the police in Indonesia are taking a stand against Muslim terrorists.

2/1/07 Indonesia For full story go……(Reuters) – Indonesian policemen arrested on Thursday two men wanted as top members of a local Islamic militant group that has terrorized the country’s Central Sulawesi province and had links to an Asian terror network, police said. Officers wounded one of them who had fired at the security forces, said a senior police official in Central Sulawesi ‘s Poso regency, where raids on hideouts of suspected militants have intensified recently.

“Adrin has injuries on his arm, leg and chest but has been treated at the Poso public hospital. Basri did not give any resistance,” Poso police chief Rudi Sufahriadi told Reuters.

Police consider Basri and Adrin the leader and number two in a gang behind 14 cases of violence in Central Sulawesi , including the beheadings of three Christian girls in 2005 and assassinations of Protestant ministers.

Poso police spokesman Muhammad Tahir said the group had links to Jemaah Islamiah, a Southeast Asian militant network responsible for several attacks in Indonesia , including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people.

“They have the mission to make all of Poso Islam,” he said, adding that the region currently has equal numbers of Muslims and Christians.

In January, 14 people, one of them a policeman, were killed during raids that involved gunfire between security forces and suspected Islamic militants.

Police defended the tactics as necessary to capture wanted criminals who try to hide behind the local Muslim community. Indonesia ‘s president and other high ranking officials have supported the police actions while rejecting criticisms the operations were anti-Muslim.

Around 85 percent of Indonesia ‘s 220 million people follow Islam, giving the country the world’s largest Muslim population. Most Indonesian Muslims are moderates but there is a radical fringe that has been increasingly vocal and media-savvy.