2. Indonesian Counterterrorist Police Nab Suspected Terrorists Throughout Sumatra
The Indonesian National Police’s Detachment 88 [Densus 88] counterterrorist unit nabbed a number of suspected terrorists from the Jamaah Islamiyah [JI] militant organization.
“Densus 88 captured the suspected JI terrorists in Palembang, South Sumatra Province, and Riau earlier this week,” said Police spokesman Brigadier General Awi Setiyono in Jakarta on Wednesday, 2 December.
“The militants worked closely with a major JI operative identified as TB, UL, or as ‘The Professor’ for his bombmaking skills. Awi added that Densus 88 captured UL, who has been a fugitive since 2006, in Lampung province at the end of November.
“UL is a valued asset as he is seen as a successor to Malaysian-born Dr. Azahari, a JI bombmaker who was killed [by Densus 88] during a raid in Malang, East Java province in 2005,” he asserted.
Dr. Azahari and his compatriot Nurdin Muhammad Top masterminded a number of destructive bombings in Indonesia until they were killed by the police in 2005 and 2009, respectively.
The attacks included the 2002 Bali bombings which killed more than 200 people, and bomb blasts in Jakarta at the Marriott Hotel and the Australian Embassy in 2003 and 2004, respectively, which killed and wounded hundreds more.
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