Monday, August 31, 2009
Indonesian terrorist infiltrated Garuda in attack plot
A suspect wanted in connection with hotel suicide bombings in the Indonesian capital
had infiltrated the national airline in a plot to carry out a "bigger attack".
The suspect, Syahrir, had been recruited by a militant network and was working as a technician with the airline. Documents seized by police uncovered the plot to strike in Indonesia's airline sector. Syahrir had resigned from the airline, but remains at large.
Syahrir is the brother-in-law of a militant suspect shot dead by police earlier this month in an hours-long standoff in Central Java province. The suspect who was shot, Ibrohim, had been working as a florist at the two hotels for years before smuggling in explosives and the bombers for the July attacks.
Police are still searching for several suspects in the hotel bombings, including the alleged mastermind, Noordin Muhammad Top, said to head a breakaway faction of the regional terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah.