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'Young Indonesian in charge of Jemaah Islamiyah'

A young Indonesian militant trusted by al-Qaida is now in charge of Southeast Asia's regional terror group Jemaah Islamiyah.
None | By Press Trust of India, Jakarta
PUBLISHED ON MAR 23, 2006 02:29 AM IST

A young Indonesian militant trusted by Al-Qaida is now in charge of Southeast Asia's regional terror group Jemaah Islamiyah, which remains dangerous despite more than 270 arrests since 2000, a top detective said.

Abu Dujana trained in Afghanistan with Hambali, a key regional militant now in US custody, and is known to be a "talented leader," according to Col Petrus Reinhard Golose of Indonesia's counter-terrorism task force.

Golose did not say when Dujana moved up through the ranks of Jemaah Islamiyah, which is accused in a series of bloody bombings in Southeast Asia in recent years, including two strikes on Indonesia's resort island of Bali that killed more than 240 people, most of them foreign tourists.

"Abu Dujana is the guy who leads," he said on Monday. "He has good relations with al-Qaida and is trusted." He did not elaborate.

Golose repeated earlier police statements that Noordin Top, a Malaysian militant accused of a key role in all the attacks on Indonesian soil, was now working outside Jemaah Islamiyah and had declared himself to be Al-Qaida's representative in Southeast Asia.

Even if Top were to be arrested, the risk of more attacks would still remain, he said.

"There are others who are still more dangerous who are active," he told members of Indonesia's foreign correspondents club, adding police had arrested at least 270 militants since 2000.

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