/ 14 September 2021

Indonesia cracks down on terror figures

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Abu Rusydan, a suspected leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, has been arrested by Indonesian counter-terrorism police, reports overnight say. It’s part of a crackdown on the group following the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. The southeast Asian terror network has been blamed for past attacks, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians. And 61yo Rusydan is in focus because he is “currently known to be active among the unlawful Jemaah Islamiyah network’s leadership,” a police spokesman said. Rusydan was jailed for sheltering Ali Ghufron, the man convicted and executed for carrying out the Bali bombings, and he was released in 2006. Reports say Indonesian officials have stepped up their efforts in recent months to curtail “terrorist groups that have links to the Taliban’s ideology and networks”.

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