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Indonesia terror cell leader jailed for 11 years

IANS  |  Jakarta 

An on Thursday sentenced the that pledged allegiance to the to 11 years in prison.

A court in sentenced Wawan Kurniawan, alias Abu Afif, of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) in Pekanbaru, capital of province, for setting up a training centre for militants and instigating an attack on a provincial police station in May, news reported.

A three-judge bench said that had prepared explosives and was arrested in possession of firearms.

The public prosecutor's office had sought 13 years for Abu Afif, who was arrested by the anti-terror unit Densus 88 in October 2017.

was in prison during the JAD attack on the police station in Pekanbaru, on Sumatra island, in which four assailants and one died.

JAD was founded in 2015 and the classified it as a global terrorist organization in January 2017.

Indonesia, where Muslims account for 88 per cent of the 260-million strong population, has seen several Islamist terror attacks, including one on the popular tourist resort island of in 2002 that claimed 202 lives.



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First Published: Thu, September 13 2018. 19:08 IST