Six arrests made connected to 2007 Marriot bombings

by Jessica MCILHINNEY on April 14, 2010

Indonesian authorities have apprehended six alleged terrorists believed to be responsible for both the 2007 Marriot Hotel bombing and the 2004 Australian Embassy attack. Arrested at dawn yesterday, investigators believe that the group was planning an attack on Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Two additional suspects managed to flee the scene at Medan in North Sumatra.

General Oegroseno, North Sumatra police chief, said that the extremist group were planning an attack on the president’s private home in West Java. According to General Oegroseno, the six men have confessed to plotting the attack.

The six suspected terrorists have been named as Komaruddin, known as Abu Musa, 35, Yusuf Arifin, 25, Ibrahim, aka Deni, 31, Pandu, known as Abu Asama, 26, Lutfi, aka Jafar, 30, and Bayu, known as Budi, 26. All six men were apprehended when police in Medan pulled over a suspicious looking vehicle. One of the men had a gunshot wound to his left arm.

Authorities had been looking for these same individuals since they were believed to have fled a known safe house located in Aceh province. One of the two men who avoided being captured is thought to be Saptono. Saptono is on the list of 25 most wanted peopleĀ in Indonesia.

Islamic extremism, according to Indonesian officials is now also recruiting women to help fight. The recent host of arrests may indicate the Indonesian government’s commitment to fighting Islamic extremism after a series of bombings around the nation.

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