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Indonesia Arrests 17 Militants

The national police have arrested at least 17 members of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiah, including the leader of a cell that operates in the southern Philippines and northern Indonesia, police sources said today. At least three members were said to be linked to the Oct. 12 bombings in Bali that killed 202 people. The leader of the Mantiqi 3 cell is Nasir Abas, a Malaysian citizen who was arrested outside Jakarta last week. Most of the arrests were made in recent days, primarily outside the main Indonesian island of Java, and could provide an important breakthrough in this country’s efforts to crack down on terrorism, police and analysts said. Full Story

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