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Police investigates claim of Al Qaeda in Aceh BANDA ACEH - Investigations are underway into whether a terrorist group police fatally clashed with in Aceh last week is connected to al-Qaeda, says the National Police. During an armed conflict with the group last week, three officers from the Mobile Brigade (Brimob), two civilians and two alleged terrorists were killed.

The al-Qaeda claim was posted on the website alufuq.wordpress.com, which is run by a group called the "Tandzim Al-Qoidah Indonesia Serambi Makkah". Details of the groups’ alleged terror activities are listed on the website. "It could be fictitious, but we have to take it seriously and investigate," National Police spokesman Edward Aritonang told on Saturday.

In the blog, the group claims the recent clashes with the police were part of its war against the enemies of Islam, the Jews and the salibis or Christians. The Al-Qoidah also calls for support from all Muslims for their jihad, or "holy war". "We are investigating the website too see if it’s propaganda," Edward said.

A similar blog was also identified after last year’s JW Marriot and Ritz-Carlton hotel bombings. Under the name of "Tandzim Al-Qoidah Indonesia", Malaysian-born terror leader Noordin M. Top claimed responsibility for the attacks against "the enemy of Islam". Noordin was killed with his followers in a Densus 88 raid in Surakarta, Central Java, last year.

Dynno Chressbon, an intelligence expert, believes the website was created by a terrorist group for propaganda purposes, such as claiming success in the recent conflict that killed three officers. Of the three deaths, Edward said that two officers were fatally shot on Saturday while trying to evacuate the body of their colleague, First Brig. Boas Woisiri, who was killed during Thursday’s shoot-out in Aceh Besar.

On Saturday, the National Police dispatched another 100 Brimob officers to reinforce the offensive. A field officer, who declined to be named, said the terror group had about 70 combatants. Dynno said this time the battlefield posed more of a challenge for both the police’s special detachment and counterterrorism 88 (Densus 88) squads than the terrain in Java where they previously busted several terror groups.


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Posted in Terrorism @ 07 March 2010 09:41 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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