Indonesian police have arrested a person believed to be the navy chief of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah community who has eluded seize since 2003, and is suspected of being concerned within the 2002 Bali bombings, authorities mentioned Saturday.
Aris Sumarsono, often known as Zulkarnaen, was arrested late Thursday by counterterrorism police with out resistance in a raid at a home in East Lampung district on Sumatra island, mentioned nationwide police spokesperson Ahmad Ramadhan.
Zulkarnaen is suspected of being concerned within the making of bombs utilized in a collection of assaults, together with the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 individuals, largely overseas vacationers together with 88 Australians, and a 2003 assault on the JW Marriott lodge in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, that killed 12, Ramadhan mentioned.
He mentioned Zulkarnaen, a biologist who was among the many first Indonesian militants to go to Afghanistan for coaching, can also be accused of harbouring Upik Lawanga, one other bomb maker and a key Jemaah Islamiyah member. Lawanga was arrested by counterterrorism police in Lampung final week. He had eluded seize since 2005 after being named as a suspect in an assault that killed greater than 20 individuals at a market in Poso, often known as a hotbed of Islamic militancy on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island.
“He’s in custody and being questioned by investigators,” Ramadhan mentioned of Zulkarnaen, including that police are nonetheless conducting an investigation at his home in Lampung.
Police mentioned they have been tipped off to Zulkarnaen’s location in raids after interrogating a number of suspected militants arrested late final month.
Since Could 2005, Zulkarnaen has been listed on an al-Qaida sanctions record by the UN safety council for being related to Osama bin Laden or the Taliban. The safety council mentioned that Zulkarnaen was certainly one of al-Qaida’s representatives in south-east Asia and one of many few individuals in Indonesia who had had direct contact with Bin Laden’s community.
It mentioned that Zulkarnaen led a squad of fighters often known as the Laskar Khos, or Particular Power, whose members have been recruited from amongst some 300 Indonesians who skilled in Afghanistan and the Philippines.
He grew to become operations chief for Jemaah Islamiyah after the arrest of his predecessor, Encep Nurjaman, often known as Hambali, in Thailand in 2003.
Within the following decade, Indonesian safety forces crushed the Jemaah Islamiyah community, supported by the US and Australia, killing leaders and bomb makers and arresting tons of of militants. However a brand new risk has emerged previously a number of years from Islamic State group sympathisers, together with Indonesians who travelled to the Center East to struggle with Islamic State.
The assaults on Bali that occurred on 12 October 2002 killed individuals from 21 international locations, together with 88 Australians, 38 Indonesian, 28 Britons and 7 Individuals. A suicide bomber blew himself up inside Paddy’s Bar within the Kuta district of the island, killing many immediately and forcing others to run exterior. One other suicide bomber detonated a automobile bomb on the road in entrance of the Sari Membership, which was throughout from Paddy’s Bar. An extra bomb was detonated in entrance of the US consulate in Denpasar.