Friday, July 4, 2008

Terror suspects arrested in Indonesia

In Sumatra, Indonesian police arrested nine terror suspects with explosives and bombs set to detonate. Originally they had planned to kill foreigners frequenting a cafe in West Sumatra but apparently changed their target to Jakarta. One of those arrested included Abu Hazam, a Singaporean of Pakistani decent with links to Osama Bin Laden and Malaysian bomb-maker Azahari Husin of terror group Jemaah Islamiah.

The Straights Times noted:

The men all belong to a radical Muslim group known as Forum Anti Kemurtadan or forum against apostasy, which campaigned against Muslims converting to other religions.

Their leader is said to be a 42-year-old headmaster of a pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in Palembang [a large city in south Sumatra], who has military experience in Afghanistan.

Straights Times and UPI

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