Indonesia arrest suspected leader of terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah

Indonesia arrest suspected leader of terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah

Indonesian police have arrested the man believed to be the leader of the al-Qaida-linked terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah.

Para Wijayanto was arrested on Saturday (local time) by counter-terrorism police at a hotel in the Jakarta satellite city of Bekasi.

National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said Wijayanto was responsible in helping make bombs that were used in the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed 202 people, and the attack on the Australian Embassy in Jakarta in 2004, which killed nine people.

Sofyan Tsauri, a convicted militant who now works with Indonesia’s counter-terrorism department, said Wijayanto became the leader of Jemaah Islamiyah in 2007.

Mr Prasetyo said Wijayanto was “appointed as amir [leader] of Jemaah Islamiyah because of his capability and track record as an Islamic fighter.”

The terrorist group was banned in 2008 by an Indonesian court.

There has been a continuous suppression of militants in Indonesia since by Indonesian counter-terrorism police, along with United States and Australian assistance.

However, attacks overseas by fundamentalist terrorist organisation Islamic State groups have inspired more attacks by extremists in Indonesia despite the sustained elimination of militants.

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