‘Suspected’ – Should read: Convicted jail-bird & terror Leader Abu Bakar Bashir Threatens ‘Jihad’ Against Indonesian Police
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Ugly is as ugly does:
Jan. 25: Radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, center, at a demonstration in Jakarta, Indonesia.
JAKARTA, Indonesia â€” An alleged Southeast Asian terror leader threatened to call for holy war against Indonesian police Thursday, days after an anti-terror squad shot dead 15 suspected Islamic extremists.
Abu Bakar Bashir, accused by Australia and the United States of being a key figure in the Al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah, said Muslims should stop serving in the police’s anti-terror squad on Indonesia’s conflict-ridden Sulawesi island.
“If Muslims are being killed, then we must fight back,” the 69-year-old cleric told around 100 hard-liners outside the National Human Rights Commission in the capital, Jakarta, where they were protesting Monday’s killings.
“If necessary, we must organize a jihad,” he said.
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Police say they shot the 15 men Monday after coming under attack as they entered a militant stronghold in Poso, a flash-point town on Sulawesi. They recovered large numbers of guns, bombs and ammunition.