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Indonesia arrests 24 people over links to extremist financing

| Updated: November 28, 2021 12:30:37


An anti-terror policeman standing guard as a security sweep is conducted during Chinese New Year celebrations at a temple in Chinatown in Jakarta on February 16 in 2018 –Reuters file photo An anti-terror policeman standing guard as a security sweep is conducted during Chinese New Year celebrations at a temple in Chinatown in Jakarta on February 16 in 2018 –Reuters file photo

Indonesia's counterterrorism squad has arrested 24 people on suspicion of fundraising for Jemaah Islamiah, or JI, the Al-Qaeda linked extremist group accused of carrying out some of the country's biggest militant attacks.

The suspects had been collecting funds for JI via two Islamic charitable foundations and their arrests will help build a picture of militant funding in Indonesia, Aswin Siregar of the Densus 88 counterterrorism force told media on Thursday, reports Reuters.

JI is accused of orchestrating the 2002 Bali bombing of two nightclubs, which killed more than 200 people, including many Australians, and several other deadly attacks in the capital Jakarta.

Based on financial reports, police said the two foundations used as fronts for JI had raised about $2 million, although the figure could be higher.

Cash equivalent to $700,000 was discovered at the office of one of the foundations, police said.

A senior member of Indonesia's Islamic Council who was arrested earlier this month was among the 24 detained.

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