Abu Rusdan leads Jemaah Islamiyah, blamed for Bali attack in 2002 that killed hundreds

Indonesia’s police have arrested a convicted militant and suspected leader of an al-Qaida-linked group  blamed for a string of bombings in the country, the Associated Press reports.

Abu Rusdan was seized late Friday in Bekasi near the capital of Jakarta, along with three other suspected members of Jemaah Islamiyah, police spokesman Ahmad Ramadhan said. “He is currently known to be active among the unlawful Jemaah Islamiyah network’s leadership,” Ramadhan told AP.

Indonesian authorities consider Rusdan to be a key figure in the Jemaah Islamiyah, which the U.S. has designated a terrorist group. The shadowy Southeast Asian network is widely blamed for attacks in the Philippines and Indonesia — including the 2002 bombings in the Indonesian resort island of Bali that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.

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