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Agents capture senior militant


Indonesia’s elite counterter­rorism squad has arrested a suspected leader of an al Qaedalinke­d group that has been blamed for a string of past bombings in the country, police said Monday.

Abu Rusdan was seized in Bekasi near the capital of Jakarta along with three other suspected members of Jemaah Islamiyah, police spokesman Ahmad Ramadhan said.

Authoritie­s consider Rusdan to be a key figure in Jemaah Islamiyah, which the U.S. has designated a terrorist group. The network is blamed for attacks in the Philippine­s and Indonesia — including the 2002 bombings on the resort island of Bali that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.

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