Three of 18 alleged members of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terror network who have been rounded up on Wednesday would be flown to Bali to be questioned as suspects in the October 12 bombings, police said. The 18 suspects are now being detained at national police headquarters in Jakarta. Weapons and explosives were also recovered. “The seizures indicated that JI was planning fresh terrorist attacks before next year’s general elections,” Indonesian police chief Gen. Da’i Bachtiar said here on Thursday, as quoted by AFP. Saad alias Ahmad Roichan, Umar Besar alias Wayan, and Sawad will soon be taken to Bali to join other suspects in the Bali blasts which killed 202 people, said national police spokesman Zainuri Lubis. Police announced the arrest of the 18 on Wednesday, the same day that the alleged leader of JI, Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, went on trial for treason here. JI is blamed for the resort island bombings and a string of other attacks. Full Story
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