Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Jemaah Islamiyah planning yearly attacks

CANBERRA (AP): A former leader of the Southeast Asian terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah told Australian radio Tuesday that fugitive bombing strategist Noordin Mohamad Top has instructed followers to carry out at least one attack a year.
Nasir Abbas, a Malaysian who once led a branch of Jemaah Islamiyah in Indonesia before his arrest there in 2003, said Noordin had instructed his followers to form small cells which could operate without central control.
"I worry about that because what Noordin had mentioned to his followers, that he will do an operation at least once a year," Abbas, who avoided prosecution by becoming an Indonesian policeinformer since his arrest, told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.
"It doesn't mean that he'd make a big operation," he added. Malaysia-born Noordin has been accused of direct involvement in at least four terror attacks in Indonesia: the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists; two bombings in Jakarta in 2003 and 2004 that took at least 22 lives; and the 2005 suicide attacks in Bali that caused 20 more deaths.
All those attacks occurred in the last five months of the year.
Abbas said Noordin was still alive and always thinking of ways to kill people.
Abbas said a new terrorist manual, with instructions on how to form small terrorist cells, was being circulated among militant groups in Indonesia.
He referred to the new trend toward small, independent cells as uncontrolled decentralization, but said that the militants had not "weakened their movement."

We're still waiting for the bombing for this year. Jakarta? Bali? Somewhere else? Nice to know militant groups like Abu Bakr Bashyir's MMI, Islamic Defender's Front and others have a terrorist manual. It makes me sleep better at night knowing that these groups have been educated by this manual and ready for action anytime whilst the police sit idly by with their thumbs up their......

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