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Brunei detains Indonesian on terror suspicions: Report

Published on Feb 27, 2014 1:15 PM

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (AFP) - Brunei authorities have detained an Indonesian national with links to South-east Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) for alleged "terrorist-related activities" in the oil-rich sultanate, a media report said on Thursday.

The suspect, identified as "Daniel, alias Awaluddin Sitorus", was detained on February 21 and is believed to be a member of JI, the Brunei Times said.

JI, which is thought to be allied with Al-Qaeda, has been blamed for a number of attacks in South-east Asia, with the deadliest being the Bali bombings of October 2002 that killed 202 people.

Awaluddin is suspected of plotting to help militants enter and use tiny Brunei - which shares the huge island of Borneo with Malaysia and Indonesia - as a "safe heaven" and to channel financing to militants abroad, the newspaper said, citing Brunei security officials.

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