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  • » 07/12/2011, 00.00

    INDONESIA

    Explosion in an Islamic school in Bima, students were building a bomb

    Mathias Hariyadi

    Armed with stick and knives, students prevent police from entering the scene of the blast. They are suspected of involvement with Muslim terrorists from the Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid. The alarm is sounded about possible attacks by the group after its leader, Abu Bakar Bashir, is sentenced to 15 years in prison.
    Jakarta (AsiaNews) – A large explosion rocked an Islamic boarding school (pesantren) last night in the village of Sanolo (Bima Regency, West Nusa Tenggara Province), killing one person. According to police, students (santri) were building a bomb for a terrorist attack.

    Immediately after the blast, hundreds of students held back police, preventing them from entering the building for hours.

    In a statement, police spokesman Anton Bachrul Alam said the bomb was supposed to be used in an attack against the police itself. This confirms recent threats made by Muslim extremists belonging to the Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid (JAT), following the conviction of Abu Bakar Bashir, leader and founder of the group, who was handed down a 15-year sentence for his role in 2002 Bali attacks.

    In recent weeks, Indonesian police held dozens of alleged terrorists linked to JAT, an organisation that wants to turn Indonesia into an Islamic state.

    On 30 June, agents arrested Saaban Abdurrahman, a pesantren student in Bima, in connection with the murder of a police officer.

    A few days ago, police in Jakarta uncovered a plot to carry out a massive attack against law enforcement. Terrorists were planning to put cyanide in food destined for the capital’s police station canteens.

    Malaysia has also been involved in the fight against the JAT. Today, Malaysian authorities announced the arrest of Agus Salim, an Indonesian national connected with Mas Selamat bin Kastari, one of the country’s most wanted Muslim terrorists.

    Salim was hiding out in the Malaysian capital under a false identity, working as a taxi driver.
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    24/02/2012 INDONESIA
    Abu Bakar Baasyir’s Islamic Association declared "terrorist group"
    The Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid (JAT) was founded by the radical religious is the object of a statement from the U.S. State Department. Baasyr is in prison, sentenced to nine years for paramilitary activities in Aceh. Washington advises U.S. citizens to have no contact with members of the group.

    17/08/2010 INDONESIA
    Terror suspect Baasyr refuses to speak, claiming police questions are haram, prohibited
    Abu Bakar Baasyr accuses investigators of complicity with the United States and Israel. Police claims it has evidence of the cleric’s guilt. In his hometown of Solo, Muslim demonstrators clamour his arrest will “draw God’s wrath”.

    10/08/2010 INDONESIA
    Arrested on terrorism charges, Abu Bakar Baasyr could get the death penalty
    The controversial cleric, accused in the past of involvement in the 2002 Bali bombings, is accused again under Indonesia’s anti-terrorism legislation. The accused rejects the charges and members of his organisation call the evidence, propaganda by the “United States and Israel”.

    29/10/2008 INDONESIA
    In Jakarta Christian priests and activists first target of Islamic terrorists
    Police spokesman reports that following the arrest of dangerous terrorists it is becoming evident that some groups are shifting strategy, focusing primarily on domestic targets, like Christians, in order, among other things, to prevent inter-faith dialogue.

    03/11/2008 INDONESIA
    Jakarta, maximum alert ahead of imminent execution of Bali terrorists
    The three terrorists sentenced for the 2002 bomb attacks file a new appeal with the Supreme Court, but the Attorney-General's Office dismisses any talk of further delays. Threats and fears of retaliation are rising.



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