JAKARTA: Indonesian police said yesterday they have arrested a man who is the chief in Singapore of the Jemaah Islamiah regional terror network.
Mas Slamet had plans to hijack planes in Bangkok and Singapore and crash them, said national police detective chief Commissioner General Erwin Mappaseng.
Mas, a Singaporean national, was arrested on Sunday night aboard a bus in the town of Tanjung Pinang in Riau province on Sumatra island.
Mappaseng said Indonesian police had “received a red notice from Interpol about him in relation to a plan to hijack planes in Bangkok and Singapore, in which he was supposed to crash them.”
He said Singaporean police tipped off his office a month ago that Mas was in Indonesia.
The detective chief said Mas entered Indonesia through the port of Dumai in Riau using a fake passport and identification card.
Mappaseng said he was supposed to meet two unidentified Singaporeans Sunday night before travelling on to Central Java province. The detective chief did not give reasons for that intended trip.
Police say Jemaah Islamiah (JI), allegedly linked to the al-Qaeda network, was to blame for the Oct 12 Bali bombing that killed more than 190 people.
Malaysia has detained more than 70 suspected Islamic militants in the past 18 months, many of whom are said to be members of JI. Singapore has rounded up 31 alleged JI members.
JI's alleged spiritual leader, AbuBakar Ba'ashir, has been detained in Jakarta since Oct 20 on charges of treason and over a series of bomb attacks two years ago.
Police say he is also a likely suspect in the Bali bombings. – AFP
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