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Indonesia arrests suspected leader of Jemaah Islamiyah

Indonesian police officers. Source: AAP

The man believed to be the leader of the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah network has been arrested in Jakarta after eluding capture since 2003.

Indonesian police say they have arrested a man believed to be the leader of the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah network who has eluded capture since 2003.

National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said on Monday that Para Wijayanto was arrested by counter-terrorism police with his wife at a hotel in the Jakarta satellite city Bekasi on Saturday.

A file photo of the Bali bombing.
A file photo of the Bali bombing.
AAP

Prasetyo said Wijayanto is suspected of being involved in making bombs used in a series of attacks including the 2002 Bali bombings and a 2004 attack on the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.

He said Wijayanto was also involved in sectarian conflict in Poso, known as a hotbed of Islamic militancy on Indonesia's Sulawesi island.

A convicted militant who now collaborates with Indonesia's counter-terrorism agency, Sofyan Tsauri, said Wijayanto became leader of Jemaah Islamiyah in 2007.

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