Indonesia arrests senior JI leader linked to Bali bombings

14 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

JAKARTA: Indonesia has arrested a senior leader of the Al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) network for an alleged role in the deadly 2002 Bali bombings, a police spokesman said, reports AFP.

National Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said Zulkarnaen, 57, was arrested in Lampung on Sumatra island on Thursday after spending nearly 18 years at large.

Zulkarnaen “is now being interrogated” and anti-terror investigators were searching his residence, Argo said. Zulkarnaen has been on Indonesia’s most-wanted list since the bombings that killed 202 people on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

“He was the military leader of Jemaah Islamiyah during the attack,” Argo said.

His cell is also believed to have helped carry out the suicide bombing at Jakarta’s Marriott Hotel in 2003 that killed 12 people.