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Indonesia arrests terror suspect: police

An Islamic extremist accused of murdering a Christian professor in 2004 has been arrested in Indonesia, police said Friday.

world Updated: Apr 24, 2009 13:01 IST

An Islamic extremist accused of murdering a Christian professor in 2004 has been arrested in Indonesia, police said Friday.

Spokesman Abubakar Nataprawira said the suspect, Amirullah, was a member of a terrorist organisation but he would not confirm reports he was affiliated to the Jemaah Islamiyah regional militant network.

"Amirullah, also known as Kana, 30, was nabbed on Monday in South Sulawesi. He is a fugitive wanted by Central Sulawesi police," Nataprawira said.

He allegedly shot dead a professor of Sintuwu Maroso university in Poso, in Central Sulawesi, with a revolver.

Jemaah Islamiyah veterans who fought in Afghanistan and the southern Philippines are suspected of recruiting and training extremists in Central Sulawesi province.

Fighting between Muslims and Christians in Poso and surrounding districts claimed about 1,000 lives in 2000-2001.