Indonesia Arrests Al-Qaida linked group Leader

09/18/2021 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – On September 10, Indonesia’s counter-terrorism squad arrested a convicted militant and suspected leader of an al-Qaida-linked group, Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), which has been blamed for a string of past bombings in the nation.

According to police spokesman Ahmad Ramadhan, Abu Rusdan was seized late Friday in Bekasi near the capital of Jakarta, along with three other suspected JI members.

“He is currently known to be active among the unlawful Jemaah Islamiyah network’s leadership,” Ramadhan told the Associated Press.

JI was blamed for several attacks in the Philippines and Indonesia, including the 2002 bombings in Bali that killed 202 people, mostly tourists from abroad, the AP reported.

The arrest of suspected JI members is part of a nationwide crackdown on the group, Ramadhan said, and law enforcement are still going after potential recruits after receiving tips of new recruitment and training efforts in the country.

Densus 88’s arrests of 123 JI members since last month comes as Japan warns six Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia, of possible terrorist attacks. Jakarta is taking preventive measures given the period surrounding September 11 and Bali bombing anniversaries is seen as high risk.

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