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Indonesia Terror Suspects Claim Al-Qaeda Link
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1227812/1/.html
Source Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Created: Sep 24, 2012

JAKARTA: Ten terror suspects rounded up in weekend raids in Indonesia have told police they are linked to Al-Qaeda, a spokesman said on Monday.

The suspects were arrested in police raids on Saturday and Sunday in Central Java province and West Kalimantan, in which authorities also found homemade bombs and explosives in some of their homes.

"We are still trying to find out who they are. They said they are from Al-Qaeda Indonesia," national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar told reporters.

He said the suspects had claimed links to Noordin Mohammed Top, the leader of a violent splinter faction of the radical Jemaah Islamiyah network who was killed in a raid outside Solo city in Central Java in September 2009.

Noordin, the self-proclaimed leader of "Al-Qaeda in the Malay Archipelago" is believed to have received funding from Al-Qaeda via an intermediary to launch his first attack in 2003.

He is believed to have masterminded the meticulously planned double suicide bombing of the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in the Indonesian capital Jakarta in July 2009 in which seven people were killed.

In addition, he was blamed for another 2003 attack on the Marriott, the 2004 bombing of the Australian embassy in Jakarta and 2005 attacks on tourist restaurants on Bali, killing almost 50 people in total.

The weekend arrests came after a spate of terror-related incidents this month, including an explosion at a house suspected of being a bomb workshop in Depok, near Jakarta, in which three people were injured.

Indonesia, the biggest Muslim country by population, has waged a crackdown on militant groups over the past decade with anti-terror police claiming the deaths of some of the country's most notorious terrorist suspects in bloody raids.

- AFP/de
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