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Indonesian student suspected of aiding terrorists

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 14:02

Jakarta: Indonesian police today questioned a
college student and aid agency volunteer who allegedly
arranged shelter for terrorists behind hotel bombings here.

Mathematics and science major Sonny Jayadi, 24, was
believed to have rented rooms at a Jakarta boarding house for
militant brothers slain last week in a raid on the building,
police spokesman Nanan Sukarna said.

Jayadi was arrested Saturday in the West Sumatra coastal
town of Padang, where he was helping victims of a powerful
Sept 30 quake that killed more than 800 people and devastated
vast areas of the country`s westernmost island.

Jayadi, who remained in custody today for interrogation,
allegedly paid rent for Syaiffudin Zuhri and Mohamad Syahrir -
key members of a terrorist cell led by the late regional
al-Qaeda commander Noordin Top.

Zuhri allegedly recruited two young suicide bombers,
while Syahrir was an explosives expert. A third brother,
Ibrohim, worked as a florist at the JW Marriott and the
Ritz-Carlton hotels and smuggled in the bombers and

Ibrohim was gunned down by counterterrorism forces in
August during an 18-hour siege at a hide-out in Central Java.

The July 17 hotel blasts killed seven people and wounded
more than 50, ending a four-year lull in terrorism in the
Muslim-majority country.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 14:02
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