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JI Member Nabbed in KL, Says Rights Group

Police have arrested a former armed forces colonel for being a member of a Malaysian cell of the Islamic terror network Jemaah Islamiah, a human-rights group said yesterday. Abdul Manaf Kamsuri was detained at his home on Feb 20 in Shah Alam, said Mr Badaruddin Ismail of Malaysian rights group Suaram. He added that the soldier’s family informed the group of the arrest and said police told them he was a member of Malaysian Militant Group, a local cell of JI, which seeks a pan-Islamic state in South-east Asia covering Malaysia, the southern Philippines and Indonesia. Inspector-General of Police Norian Mai yesterday confirmed that Abdul Manaf, a former colonel of the Malaysian armed forces, has been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for alleged involvement in the JI. Since mid-2001, the Malaysian authorities have arrested more than 70 suspected Islamic militants, including dozens of alleged members of JI, blamed for last year’s attack on Indonesia’s Bali island which killed 202 people. Security officials say the JI has ties to Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda terror network and accuse it of planning attacks on US and other Western diplomatic missions in Singapore and Malaysia. Full Story

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