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2003-09-22 India-Pakistan
Indonesia protests Karachi arrests
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Posted by Fred Pruitt 2003-09-22 00:24|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [774 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 Gungun Rusman Guawan may have interesting relatives: The authorities in Pakistan are investigating whether a man arrested in Karachi at the weekend is the younger brother of Asian terror suspect Hambali. Interior Ministry spokesman Iftikhar Ahmed said identity checks were being carried out with the authorities in Indonesia to establish whether Rusman Gunawan was among those detained. Reports say he was picked up with at least 14 others from Malaysia and Indonesia on immigration charges. Hambali's real name is Riduan Isamuddin. Many Indonesians only use their given names, so family members often do not have the same surname.
The way these groups like to keep it in the family makes Rusman a "person of interest".
Posted by Steve  2003-9-22 9:16:21 AM||   2003-9-22 9:16:21 AM|| Front Page Top

#2 More details: The younger brother of Hambali, al-Qaida's suspected point man for Southeast Asia, has been arrested on immigration charges in Pakistan along with several other people, two senior Pakistani Interior Ministry officials said Monday. The man, Rusman Gunawan, was one of 17 people from Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar arrested Saturday in raids on three Islamic schools in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, said one official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The official is closely involved in Pakistan's campaign against terrorists. An Indonesia-based terrorism expert said Gunawan was believed to be in charge of the Pakistan branch of Jemaah Islamiyah, the terror network his brother is accused of helping found. Gunawan is believed to have arranged trips for Hambali to Pakistan and Afghanistan, said the expert, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

If confirmed he's a important catch.
Posted by Steve  2003-9-22 9:41:01 AM||   2003-9-22 9:41:01 AM|| Front Page Top

#3 Confirmed by Pakistan's Interior Ministry:
The younger brother of Hambali, al-Qaida's suspected point man for Southeast Asia, has been arrested along with 16 other people suspected of terrorist activities, Pakistan's Interior Ministry said Monday. The brother, Rusman Gunawan, was among 17 people from Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar arrested Saturday in raids on three Islamic schools in Karachi, ministry spokesman Iftikhar Ahmad told The Associated Press. "Yes, the brother of Hambali is among the 13 Malaysian and two Indonesian students who were detained in Karachi," Ahmad said.
Posted by Seafarious  2003-9-22 1:19:27 PM||   2003-9-22 1:19:27 PM|| Front Page Top

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