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24 June 2010

Indonesia's top terror suspect arrested

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Indonesia's elite anti-terror squad arrested the country's most-wanted man and two of his aides in a series of coordinated raids on Java island, police said. Another suspected militant was killed during the shootout, according to the Jakarta Post.

Abdullah Sunata is accused of helping set up a network that was reportedly plotting a Mumbai-style attack targeting foreigners at luxury hotels in the capital, Jakarta, and several high-profile assassinations, including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

He jumped to the top of the fugitive list in the world's most populous Muslim nation following the deaths of Nordin M. Top and Dulmatin, who both died at the hands of police in the last year.

"We have successfully arrested Sunata and two other suspects," national police spokesman Maj. Gen. Edward Aritonang told The Associated Press after a raid on their rented home in Cungkrungan, a village in Central Java province late Wednesday. They found a bomb in a backpack and several revolvers.

An earlier raid on a house in nearby Girimulya village also yielded explosives and weapons.

Police could not immediately confirm a report on Metro TV that said documents discovered during one of the sieges indicated the men were planning an attack on the Danish embassy in Jakarta.

The 2005 publication of caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper sparked widespread protests in Indonesia.

The country of 240 million has battled Islamist militants with links to the Southeast Asian network, Jemaah Islamiyah, since 2002, when extremists bombed a nightclub district on Bali island, killing 202 people, most of them foreign tourists.

There have been three other major suicide bombings since then, the most recent targeting two luxury hotels in Jakarta a year ago killing seven. Though hundreds of suspected militants have been captured or killed in a security crackdown in recent years, terrorists have proved to be a resilient foe, with networks splintering and mutating.

Sunata's new cell, uncovered in February in westernmost Aceh province, was comprised of militants from several different groups. Authorities discovered their jihad training camp and found a cache of M-16 assault rifles, revolvers and thousands of rounds of ammunition.


 

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