Illegal paramilitary training camp disbanded

  • AseanPlus News
  • Wednesday, 26 May 2004

JAKARTA: Indonesian police said yesterday they have disbanded a paramilitary training course for members of a hardline Muslim group which is led by detained terror suspect Abubakar Ba'asyir. 

Police and local officials visited a forest campsite in the Karanganyar district of Central Java on Monday and told the 35-strong group to disband, said Yuda Gustawan, detective chief for the area around Solo city. 

“Local people, suspicious of activities which looked like paramilitary training, alerted police,” he said. 

He said the training involved marching and weapons drill, with sticks in place of firearms.  

All except one were in their twenties and came from various cities in Java.  

They were being trained by a retired navy major. 

Gustawan said the group was linked to the Indonesian Mujahedeen Council (MMI), a group headed by Abubakar which campaigns for Islamic law. 

“We made no detentions and they were questioned at the site,” he said. 

MMI deputy chairman Irfan Awwas said the event was a regular “MMI leadership cadres' training” and was designed to instil discipline.  

“I do not understand why police disbanded simple training like that,” he said. – AFP  

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