Special Detachment Has Arrested One of the First Bali Bombing Mastermind, 18 Years of Fugitive

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Densus 88 Polri arrested a fugitive terrorist in the 2002 Bali Bombing case who was also a member of Jamaah Islamiyah named Zulkarnaen at the Kolibri Alley, Toto Harjo, Purbolinggo, East Lampung Regency, Lampung.

Head of the Public Relations Division of Police Headquarters, General Inspector, Argo Yuwono said the arrests were made last Thursday (10/12).

“The suspect has been arrested on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 19.30 WIB, having his address at Gg. Kolibri, Toto Harjo, Purbolinggo, East Lampung Regency, Lampung,” Argo said, Saturday (12/12).

Argo said Zulkarnaen has four other names: Aris Sumarsono, Daud, Zaenal Arifin, Abdulrahman. Zulkarnaen was arrested after hiding the fugitive Upik Lawangan or Taufik Bulaga, who was arrested earlier.

Argo continued, Zulkarnaen was an important figure in the Bali Bombing I case in 2002. He led the Askari Council or the armed group Jamaah Islamiyah during the Bali Bombing I. In fact, Zulkarnaen was also involved in the post-reform conflict in Poso and Ambon.

“Zulkarnaen was the commander of the Askari (armed group) of Jamaah Islamiyah during the 1st Bali Bombing. He created the Khos Unit which was later involved in the Bali Bombing, the conflicts in Poso and Ambon,” Argo said.

The police also had time to search Zulkarnaen’s residence during the arrest.

Previously, Densus 88 Polri also arrested Taufik Bulaga or Upik Lawanga in Lampung through an operation that was held on 23 and 25 November 2020.

“Upik Lawanga is the most valuable asset of Jamaah Islamiyah (JI) because he is the successor of Dr. Azhari so that he was hidden by the JI group and moved places,” Head of the Public Information Bureau of the National Police Public Relations Division, Brigadier General Awi Setiyono, said at National Police Headquarters, Monday (30/11).