11 Dec 2010

Terror suspect arrested

4:30 pm on 11 December 2010

Police in Indonesia have arrested one of the country's most wanted men.

Abu Tholut, 49, is suspected of helping to set up a militia training camp in Aceh province, recruiting fighters and raising illegal funds for "terror activities".

He is also suspected of plotting attacks on foreigners in Jakarta and the assassination of political leaders.

The BBC reports he was arrested without a fight at his home in Kudus, Central Java.

Tholut - who is also known as Mostofa, Pranata Yuda and Imron Baehaqi - was detained by the Densus 88 anti-terrorist unit.

The suspected bombmaker is accused of having previously trained militants at camps run by the radical group, Jemaah Islamiah (JI).

It is also claimed the former medical student established training centres for groups with links to al Qaeda in the Philippines.

In 2004 he was jailed for seven years for the bombing of a shopping centre in Jakarta, but he was released early for good behaviour.

Attack list

The BBC reports there have been a number of bomb attacks in Indonesia - mainly linked to JI.

Attacks on two nightclubs in Bali in October 2002 killed 202 people, most of them Australian.

The Marriott Hotel was the target of a bomb attack in August 2003 in which 12 people were killed.