August 07, 2009

Report: Al Qaeda in Indonesia Leader Arrested


Noordin Mohammad Top, who broke away from Jemaah Islamiya and in an internet statement claimed responsibility for the to now head al Qaeda in Indonesia, may have been captured!

First, news that the top Taliban commander in Pakistan may have been killed and now the top al Qaeda operative in Southeast Asia may have been arrested!

To quote Ice Cube: Today was a good day. (Aus):

THE mastermind behind last month's bombing of a hotel in Jakarta, which killed three Australians, has been arrested, according to reports.

Indonesian television said that police had been involved in a shoot-out in a village in central Java, and may have caught Noordin Mohammad Top....

[Al Jazeera] added that a "very reliable source" had confirmed his arrest.

From the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists page:
Noordin Mohammad Top is reportedly an officer, recruiter, bombmaker, and trainer for the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) group that was involved in the bombings of a Bali nightclub, a Jakarta hotel, and the Australian Embassy in Indonesia between 2002 and 2004.
Too early to break out M.C. Hammer?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:58 AM | Comments |