July 12, 2013

Good News: 22 Terrorists on Loose After Mass Jail Break in Indonesia

Over 200 have escaped, but with only 60 or so have been captured. Of the 200, about 22 or so were convicted terrorists:

The most significant of the escapees was Fadli Sadama, a three-time terror convict who a decade ago had links to highly placed operatives in Jemaah Islamiyah, al Qaeda's main franchise in Southeast Asia, at the height of the organization's power and influence. Jemaah Islamiyah was behind the 2002 Bali bombings, the most deadly terrorist attack in Indonesia's history.

Mr. Fadli, who was serving an 11-year sentence in Medan for smuggling arms for terrorists in Indonesia, was known as a recruiter while in jail, experts said. He is also believed to have been a leader of a foiled plan to attack the Tanjung Gusta prison in 2010 to free other militants, said Muh Taufiqurrohman, an expert on terrorism issues at the Jakarta-based Abdurrahman Wahid Center.

Many of the escapees also have links to Jemaah Ansharut Tauhid, a Islamic militant group in Indonesia that was started by former members of Jemaah Islamiyah and provided much of the funding for the Aceh camp, experts said.

Let's hope these guys are recaptured soon.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:35 PM | Comments |