An image of the leader of Southeast Asian militant group Jemaah
Islamiah (JI) Zarkasih is displayed during a news conference at the
national police headquarters in Jakarta June 15, 2007. Indonesia has
captured Zarkasih, the chief of the country’s anti-terrorist unit said
on Friday. (Dadang Tri/Reuters)
“He is the emergency head of JI. He is above Abu Dujana and
was captured on the same day,” said Suryadarma Salim Nasution,
who leads Detachment 88, the country’s anti-terrorist unit.
Asian and Western authorities blame JI for a series of
attacks in Southeast Asia, including the 2002 bombings that
killed more than 200 people on Indonesia’s resort island of
Although there has been no major bomb attack since 2005, in
raids in March police said they had found a huge cache of
weapons, explosives and chemicals that could be used to make a
bomb even bigger than the main device used in 2002.
At the news conference, police showed video testimonies
from Zarkasih and Dujana, in which the former said he was
“In 2004 there was a leadership vacuum and there was
pressure to fill the vacuum. A body was set up to fill the void
so we set up a caretaker body. My colleagues appointed me to
lead the body,” the grey-haired Zarkasih, 45, said on the
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They have already captured Abu Dujana, the leader of the terrorist Al-Qaeda linked group, as Australian FM Alexander Downer announced some days ago. We will see what they do with them. I am not very confident.
NOTE: It’s curious to see that they are called militants...