Monday, 1 July 2019
The arrest by Indonesian police of the leader of Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the Southeast Asian offshoot of the international terrorism network al-Qaeda, has exposed that JI is on the resurgence, actively recruiting members and cultivating palm oil plantations to fund its bid to establish a caliphate in the country, the South China Morning Post reports. Para Wijayanto, 54, who has been at large since 2003, was arrested Saturday at a hotel in Bekasi, West Java, together with his wife and one trusted aide. On Sunday, two other JI members were arrested, according to Indonesian police. Para, who came to be known as the “crown prince of JI”, was named the militant extremist group’s emir, or leader, in...