Suspicions in Sulawesi

After more than a year of trying to track down Jemaah Islamiah (JI), Southeast Asian intelligence agencies are now also focusing on another group: Laskar Jundullah. Following December's bombings at a Toyota dealer and a McDonald's restaurant in Makassar, the South Sulawesi-based Islamic group has found itself the target of police scrutiny, in part because of the group's own geneaology. One of its alleged co-founders, Agus Dwikarna, is a convicted terrorist serving a 17-year jail sentence in the Philippines, while the other is Kuwaiti Omar al-Faruq, the top al-Qaeda operative in Southeast Asia until his June arrest in West Java. (He...

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