Indonesia nabs Islamist preacher; one dead in raids
Wed, Jun 23 2010
JAKARTA, June 23 (Reuters) - Indonesia's anti-terror police swooped on
militants in a series of raids on Java island on Wednesday, killing one and
arresting three, including the country's most wanted Islamist preacher, a
police source said.
"We captured three today, including Abdullah Sonata. One was killed during
an exchange of fire," a highly-placed source from the police's anti-terror
unit Detachment 88 told Reuters, adding that Sonata was found in possession
Police in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, had put
Sonata at the top of their most wanted list. He was sought for his role in
planning a jungle militant training camp in Aceh region -- on the
northwestern tip of Sumatra island to the west of Java -- and for recruiting
Indonesia's Metro TV said police also discovered documents that showed
militants were planning to attack the Danish embassy in Jakarta, but the
police source declined to confirm the report.
Denmark has been a frequent target of Islamist militants in various
countries following the publication in a Danish newspaper in 2005 of
caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.
In May, police said a group had set up a paramilitary training camp in Aceh
and planned to launch a series of attacks. These included a Mumbai-style
hotel siege targeting foreigners and an assault on the president and foreign
guests at an independence day ceremony in August. [ID:nJAK214087]
Sonata had previously been arrested in 2004 for concealing information about
Noordin Mohammad Top, the head of a violent splinter of Islamic group Jemaah
Islamiah, blamed for a string of bomb attacks against Western symbols over
the past 10 years.
He was released in March 2009. (Reporting by Olivia Rondonuwu; Editing by
Neil Chatterjee and Ron Popeski)
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