Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Woman arrested at train station with explosives


JAKARTA (AP): An Indonesian woman was arrested Tuesday with 2 kilograms (4 pounds) of TNT at a train station in East Java province, a senior police detective said, and authorities were trying to determine if she had links to terrorism.
The 55-year-old suspect was being questioned at police headquarters in Surabaya, the country's second largest city, after being detained at the Sidoarjo train station, said Sr. Comr. Amhar Azeth.
"She was behaving suspiciously so police searched her," he said. "They found 2 kilograms of TNT."
It was not yet clear if the explosives were intended for terrorist activities, he said.
The al-Qaida-linked militant group Jemaah Islamiyah has been blamed for a series of attacks in the world's most populous Muslim nation since 2002, killing more than 240 people, many of them foreign tourists.
All of the attacks have occurred between August and October, a period President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono described last year as the "bombing season."


What is a 55 year-old woman doing with 2 kilos of TNT? Blowing up tree stumps in her backyard? I think not!! Either she's a mule or she's a diversion and a larger amount got by while police were tending to the woman. I would suspect the latter is true.

Update:

The suspect, identified as Kangiani from Madura island, was being questioned at East Java Police headquarters in Surabaya, the country's second largest city, the provincial police chief of detectives Sr. Comr. Amhar Azeth said.
He said Kangiani was arrested upon getting off a train at the Sidoarjo railway station at around 9 a.m.
The arrest of the woman wearing a headscarf was made as she was "behaving suspiciously" while carrying a big bag, Amhar added.
"After being searched, she was found to bring two kilograms of TNT," he said.
"She is being detained at the East Java police headquarters for intensive questioning. We are investigating her possible terror network and the motive behind her move to carry the high explosives."
Police were searching for key terrorist fugitive Noordin M. Top, an alleged operative of the al-Qaeda-linked militant group Jemaah Islamiyah.
The clandestine group has been blamed for a series of attacks in the world's most populous Muslim nation since 2002, killing more than 240 people, many of them foreign tourists.

Another Update - apparently she says that she and her husband have been illegally fishing for four months using TNT for fish bombs. Uh-huh. I'm having difficulty believing that.

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