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Indonesia announces arrest of Jemaah Islamiyah terror leader

[JURIST] An Indonesian police spokesman Wednesday confirmed the weekend arrest of leading terrorist suspect Abu Dujana [BBC profile] Wednesday, saying that Dujana was arrested with seven other suspects in a raid that "finished" off the main body of the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [MIPT backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Dujana, who has successfully evaded Indonesian authorities since the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], is accused of being a key JI leader as well as a skilled bomb-maker and the contact between al-Qaeda and Indonesian Islamic fundamentalist terrorist groups.

JI was also responsible for the 2004 bombing of the US embassy in Jakarta and a series of 2005 Bali bombings [Wikipedia backgrounders]. In March 2005, the Indonesian government vowed to ban the group [JURIST report], but has not yet done so despite the urging [JURIST report] of the Australian government, 88 of whose nationals were killed in the 2002 attacks. AP has more.

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