Top Indonesian Terrorist Was Arrested in Abbottabad in January

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May 5, 2011 (LPAC)–Indonesia, currently the chair of ASEAN, is hosting an ASEAN Summit this weekend in Jakarta, for the heads of state of the ten-nation association (Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, Singapore). Major security precautions are being prepared, of which the following is relevant background.

One of the leading actors in the 2002 Bali bombing and other terrorist operations in Indonesia, was arrested in Pakistan last January 25. Although it was not seen as important at the time, the arrest was in Abbottabad, the site of the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed this week. Pakistani and American intelligence officials are telling the press that Umar Patek was not believed to have met with bin Laden, but did meet with other al Qaeda operatives during his under-cover visit to Pakistan.

Umar Patek is known to have trained in Pakistan before the 9/11/2001 attacks in the US, and to also have ties to the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyef in the Philippines. His Filipina wife was with him when he was arrested in January.

In Indonesia, a spokesman for Jema’ah Ansharut Tauhid, the group associated with Abu Bakar Bashir, the intellectual leader of the extremists in Indonesia (who is standing trial yet again for fostering terrorism), declared that bin Laden has “had the victory he dreamed of — that is to be shot dead as a martyr by his enemy.” He predicted that there will be major retaliations.

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