Politics, Law and Security

Leader of Jamaah Islamiyah Arrested

The National Police’s elite anti-terrorism squad arrested five militants, including Para Wijayanto, leader of the terrorist group Jamaah Islamiyah, in various locations in West Java and East Java over the weekend, a spokesman said on Monday.

Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, the imprisoned former leader of the banned Al Qaeda-linked group, previously pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

Jamaah Islamiyah was responsible for several acts of terror in Indonesia, including the deadly Bali bombings in 2002, the J.W. Marriott hotel bombing in Jakarta in 2003 and the Australian Embassy bombing in Jakarta in 2005.

The group has not featured much since Ba’asyir’s arrest and the death of prominent bomb makers Noordin Mohammad Top and Al Azhari.