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Police Capture Asia Terror Leader

ICC Note: Indonesian police capture the leader of one of the country’s foremost persecutors of Christians.

By Kathy Quiano

6/14/07 Indonesia (CNN) — Abu Dujana, believed to be the leader of Jemaah Islamiyah’s military unit, was one of seven suspected terrorists detained in central Java over the past few days, the official said Tuesday.

Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) is a militant Islamist group active in several Southeast Asian countries. In 2002, it was added to a United Nations list of terrorist organizations linked to al Qaeda or the Taliban…

JI is believed to be responsible for major terror attacks in Indonesia , including the October 2002 Bali bombing, which killed 202 people, most of whom were foreigners…

Authorities say Abu Dujana was instrumental in the planning and execution of the 2003 Marriott Hotel bombing and the 2004 Australian Embassy attack, both in Jakarta .

The hotel bombing killed 12 people and 10 people died in the embassy attack.

He was also accused of directing operations in Poso, Central Sulawesi , sending jihad fighters there to foment sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians.

Abu Dujana studied in Pakistan and fought in Afghanistan from 1988 to 1991. He is one of the few remaining mujahideen fighters in JI and police say he has close personal ties with al Qaeda.

He is also believed to have spent several years in Jemaah Islamiyah training camps in the southern Philippines ….

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