Indonesia’s counterterrorism police on Friday detained a man suspected of leading an al-Qaeda-linked group. Abu Rusdan is linked to several attacks using bombs that took place in that country.
The man was detained in Bekasi, near the capital Jakarta, together with three other members of Jemaah Islamiyah, according to information provided by Ahmad Ramadhan, a police spokesman.
He is known to be active in the leadership of the Jemaah Islamiyah group,” the agent confirmed to the Associated Press.
Indonesian authorities regard Abu Rusdan as the central figure in that group, considered by the United States to be a terrorist. Among the various attacks carried out by the group is an attack on a resort in Bali, in 2002, in which 202 people died, most of them tourists.
The arrests came in the wake of a nationwide mega-operation, with police still looking for other suspects, thinking the group was recruiting and training new members in Indonesia.
Born in Java City, Abu Rusdan was convicted in 2003 of covering up Ali Ghufron, a militant linked to the Bali attacks.