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Indonesian Al Qaeda chief detained with his wife


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

Indonesian police have detained chairman of the Jemaah Islamiah network (JI) linked to Al Qaeda, the main mastermind of a bomb blast in Bali, killing over 200 lives in 2002.

The Wijayanto were detained by anti-riot police with his wife at a hotel in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, a spokeswoman for the National Police, Dedi Prasetyo.

According to the police, Wijayanto is the JI leader, one of Indonesia’s largest terrorist groups who are also the main culprits of bloody attacks in the country.

Prasetyo said Wijayanto was also suspected to send six Indonesian folk groups to fight in Syria as well as to support militant groups in their prime location, in Poso, Sulawesi Islands.

JI established a group of Indonesian militants in Malaysia in the 1980s and is growing across ASEAN.

The group was responsible for the country’s worst attack, a bomb blast in Bali in 2002 which claimed 200 tourist lives from at least 21 countries, including 38 locals.

They were also suspected of being involved in a car bomb explosion in 2003 at the JW Marriott hotel in Jakarta, which killed 12 lives and a year-long bomb attack on the Australian embassy that killed 10 individuals.

The Institute of Basic Conflict Analysis (IPAC), the massive operation of Indonesian authorities at the end of 2000 saw JI almost paralyzed.

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