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Topic - Abu Bakar Bashir
An elite Indonesian anti-terror squad has arrested 10 Islamic militants and seized a dozen homemade bombs from a group suspected of planning suicide attacks against security forces and the government, police said Sunday.
A Shiite extremist group handed over a simple wooden casket containing the remains of the last U.S. soldier missing in Iraq, a prominent Iraqi lawmaker said Monday, drawing a close to a case that has anguished the American's family since his 2006 disappearance.
A radical Islamic cleric accused of setting up a terror training camp in western Indonesia had his prison sentence slashed from 15 years to 9 years, an appeals court said Wednesday. No reason was given for the decision.
A sweeping crackdown on terrorism in the past decade has spawned a new problem in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation: Militants in prison are recruiting more followers to their cause.
Indonesia's most infamous firebrand Islamic cleric went on trial Monday on charges of forming a terrorist cell to plot high-profile assassinations and attacks on Western hotels and embassies. He faces a maximum penalty of death.
Indonesia's best-known radical cleric was charged Wednesday with helping plan terrorist attacks in this, world's most populous Muslim nation — a crime that carries a maximum penalty of death, police said.
Indonesia's anti-terrorism unit arrested a radical Islamist cleric Monday for alleged ties to an al-Qaeda-affiliated cell accused of plotting high-profile assassinations and Mumbai-style attacks targeting foreigners in the capital.
Though Bashir denied involvement in the camp, he repeatedly defended it as legal under his faith.
He told reporters before the March verdict that the trial was part of a plot by the United States and Australia to get rid of him once and for all.