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IS Cleric Re-arrested in Indonesia Day After Release

  • Associated Press

A worker sweeps at the gate of Cipinang prison in Jakarta, Jan. 17, 2016. Islamist cleric Aman Abdurrahman, who has led an Islamic State-affiliated militant network from the prison, was released early for Indonesia's Independence Day Thursday. He is back in jail and being questioned about his role in a January 2016 attack.

A radical Islamic cleric granted an early release from prison to mark Indonesia’s Independence Day has been re-arrested for alleged involvement in several militant attacks.

Aman Abdurrahman, who has led an Islamic State group-affiliated militant network from prison, was among more than 90,000 inmates granted sentence reductions for Thursday’s national holiday.

Ibnu Chuldun, who heads the Justice Ministry’s provincial office in Central Java, said Friday that Abdurrahman was transferred from Nusa Kambangan prison island to a paramilitary police detention center near Jakarta.

Chuldun said the cleric is being questioned about his role in attacks including a January 2016 suicide bombing in central Jakarta that killed four civilians and four attackers.

Abdurrahman was serving a nine-year sentence for helping set up a jihadi training camp in a remote mountainous area of Aceh in 2010. He was released on parole in 2008 from a seven-year sentence for a failed plot that involved a bomb prematurely detonating at his home.

Police say the 45-year-old, whose real name is Oman Rochman, was the main Indonesian translator for IS propaganda and led Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, a network of almost two dozen Indonesian extremist groups that formed in 2015.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, has carried out a sustained crackdown on militants since the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, but a new threat has emerged from IS sympathizers.

Twin suicide bombings in May killed three police officers in the deadliest militant attack in Jakarta in a year.

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