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Topic - Edward Aritonang
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.
Indonesian police on Monday arrested the spiritual leader of an al Qaeda-linked group that is accused of carrying out the 2002 Bali bombings and of plotting to assassinate the country's president.
National police spokesman Gen. Edward Aritonang said Mr. Ba'asyir was accused of abetting al Qaeda in Aceh, a militant offshoot of the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, which is accused of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.
"He routinely received reports from their field coordinator. He also played an active role in preparing the initial plans for their military struggle," Gen. Aritonang was quoted by AP as saying.