March 29, 2011

Top Indonesian Terrorist Umar Patek Captured in Pakistan

Earlier this month the spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, Abu Bakar Bashir, went on trial in Indonesia. He is accused of helping to set up an al-Qaeda linked training camps in Indonesia.



JAKARTA, Indonesia A top Indonesian terror suspect wanted in the deadly 2002 Bali bombings has been arrested in Pakistan, intelligence sources said Tuesday.

Umar Patek, a suspected member of the al-Qaida linked militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, is believed to have served as the group's deputy field commander in the nightclub bombings that left 202 people dead, many of them foreigners.

The U.S., which lost seven citizens in the attack, was offering a $1 million reward for his arrest.

Two intelligence officials one in Indonesia and the other in the Philippines said Tuesday that Patek was taken into custody in Pakistan earlier this year. They both spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the information.

The question of what to do with Patek could be an indicator of how U.S. President Barack Obama wants to handle major terrorist suspects captured abroad.

The article Jim Hoft linked to stated he was arrested March 2nd

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