Terrorism in Indonesia

A bad week for ...


Sunday, 19 June, 2011, 12:00am

Leader without a following

When Indonesian radical Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir spoke for the final time last month at his terrorism trial, he continued his venomous rants against the United States, accusing it of waging war against Islam in his country and framing him of charges of forming a terrorist army.

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

five Ws


Noordin Mohamed Top was buried in his boyhood village in Malaysia last Friday. Indonesian police killed him last month, ending a manhunt that lasted for years.

8 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Bali moves on, but ghosts still linger

I was close by when it happened. I rushed to the scene soon after the blast and helped with the rescue operations. Sometimes I still think about it.'

12 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

War of words

For a former weapons expert and military trainer in Southeast Asia's most lethal terror group, Nasir Abbas is surprisingly charming.

25 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Soft-spoken militant has steely view of the future

Muslims will rule the world, says alleged JI commander

Tucked away in a corner of the Indonesian police's elite Mobile Brigade headquarters is an inconspicuous, single-storey building.

7 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Anti-terror police now set sights on Asia's most wanted militant

Abu Dujana - shot in the thigh during his arrest to stop him escaping - was seized by Indonesian crack anti-terror agencies, Detachment 88 and the Anti-Bomb Squad, on June 9 in Banyumas, central Java.

7 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

New terror unit set up to target police: official

Regional terror network Jemaah Islamiah has recovered from the death of its master bomb maker, Malaysian Azahari Husin, and established a wing dedicated to targeting Indonesia's anti-terror police, according to a security source.

The officer also claimed the militants were planning a series of attacks, including assassinations of foreigners and regional officials.

6 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Islamist leaders divided on tough stance by police

Abu Bakar Bashir proposes jihad in Poso as tensions simmer

Two of Indonesia's most outspoken radical Islamic leaders are at loggerheads over the police's tough stance in Poso, the Muslim stronghold in Central Sulawesi.

3 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Sense of betrayal at Bashir ruling understandable

Investigators of organised crimes against society such as terrorism or drug trafficking are never really happy unless they can catch the Mr Bigs who pull the strings behind the scenes and lock them away.

23 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Charting the evolution of Jemaah Islamiah

Soon after attacking Afghanistan and toppling the Taleban regime, the United States opened 'the second front' in the global war against terrorism, Southeast Asia. That was February 2002.

7 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Neighbourhood watch

The world seems a more dangerous place in the five years since the attacks of September 11, 2001, given the quagmire of Iraq, war in the Middle East and ongoing terrorist plots.

2 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Lord of the prison: how Bali bomber Samudra reigns behind bars

'He is regarded as a holy warrior and respected as a Muslim preacher'

Imam Samudra continues to wield extensive power from the Indonesian jail cell where he is on death row for his role in the 2002 Bali bombings, using book royalties and a smuggled laptop to reach out to religious warriors, security sources say.

1 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Revival of village guest books to aid terrorist hunt

In the hunt for Malaysian-born terrorist Noordin Mohammed Top, Indonesian police are taking a back-to-basics approach by asking hundreds of village chiefs in Central and East Java provinces to revive the old practice of the 'passers-by book', or the village guest book.

14 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Radical too well known to pose threat to security

Before Abu Bakar Bashir's imprisonment, few Indonesians had heard of him although he was well known as a firebrand speaker in radical Muslim circles. Now he is one of the best-known faces in Indonesia and a subject of intense interest on which he will try to capitalise.

17 Jun 2006 - 12:00am