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|Indonesia 'holds militant leader'
||Indonesia 'holds militant leader'
(about 2 hours later)
|Police in Indonesia say they have captured the head of Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the Islamic militant group blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings.||Police in Indonesia say they have captured the head of Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the Islamic militant group blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings.|
The man has been named by police as Zarkarsih, also known as Mbah.
|Police said he was captured last weekend, on the same day that Abu Dujana, leader of JI's military wing, was arrested.||Police said he was captured last weekend, on the same day that Abu Dujana, leader of JI's military wing, was arrested.|
|As well as the Bali bombings, JI is accused of carrying out a string of attacks throughout South East Asia.||As well as the Bali bombings, JI is accused of carrying out a string of attacks throughout South East Asia.|
"Zarkarsih, alias Mbah, has been the head of JI since 2005," said Surya Dharma of the country's anti-terror unit.
"He was arrested on the same day as [Abu] Dujana but at a different time," he added.
Abu Dujana was one of eight people seized at a house in central Java last Saturday, although his arrest was not confirmed until Wednesday.
Police said Zarkarsih was arrested on the same day as other suspectsHis capture was described as a major victory for Indonesian security forces in their fight against Islamic militants.
Observers say the arrest of a second top JI figure strikes a double blow for the shadowy organisation, although its membership and recruitment networks could still remain largely intact.
Little is known about either Zarkarsih or Abu Dujana, but both men are believed to have spent time training in Afghanistan and may have had links to al-Qaeda.
JI is believed to have been formed in the late 1980s, by a handful of exiled Indonesian extremists who wanted to establish an Islamic state in Indonesia and other parts of South East Asia.