Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Another Singaporean Jemaah Islamiyah terror suspect held
Another Singaporean is among the four men Indonesia's anti-terror squad nabbed in southern Sumatra over the weekend. The man, identified by police as Syamsul, 50, was detained in a village in Bandar Lampung after the arrests of Singaporean fugitive Husaini Ismail and another Indonesian, Saefuddin Zuchry, in Central Java.
Six suspects in all have been rounded up by the anti-terror squad Densus 88 in a crackdown on the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terror network; two in Central Java and four in Sumatra's Lampung province. Syamsul was never mentioned in previous reports on Singaporean terrorists on the run.
The focus has been on a five-men terror cell that plotted to hijack a plane and crash it into Changi Airport in 2001. The cell was headed by Mas Selamat Kastari, who fled Singapore
that year when the Internal Security Department (ISD) rounded up JI members.