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JAKARTA – Convicted militant and suspected leader of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) Abu Rusdan was arrested last Friday here, along with three suspected JI members.

Police spokesman Ahmad Ramadhan told the Associated Press that Abu Rusdan “is currently known to be active among the unlawful JI network’s leadership”.

The 61-year-old militant was sentenced to prison in 2003 for sheltering Ali Ghufron, who was later convicted and executed for his role in the 2002 twin bombings in Bali.

Abu Rusdan was released in 2006, after which he began travelling across the country giving fiery speeches and sermons.

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s police counterterrorism unit (Densus 88) has detained 53 alleged JI members in the past weeks, across 11 different provinces.

JI is said to be responsible for a string of bombings in the country, among others, the 2002 twin bombings in Bali that killed 202 people.

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