A man in suspicion of becoming the next JI leader in Singapore has been arrested and detained under the Internal Security Act. He was thought to have met Osama bin Laden earlier and have attended the same training facilities that trained the bombers who carried out the Sept 11 attacks.

However, even with his arrest, one cannot do away with the fact that the previous JI leader, Mas Selamat, had escaped being on toilet break. With him as the precedent, it is unlikely that any newcomers will ever get to experience a toilet break again.

Yes, it was a toilet break too many.

A SINGAPOREAN earmarked to be a future leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah has been arrested under the Internal Security Act for his involvement with the regional terror group.

Rijal Yadri bin Jumari had been schooled in JI madrasahs overseas, sent for terrorist training in Afghanistan and even met Osama bin Laden.

The 27-year-old met the Al-Qaeda leader several times while attending training at Camp Farouq in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

The Camp is the Al-Qaeda’s premier training facility that is said to have trained several bombers who carried out the Sept 11 attacks on the US in 2001.

Rijal’s capture comes two months after the announcement in January of the detention of two JI members. Both men were aged 26.

But unlike the duo who were self-radicalised, he did not appear to have strayed into terrorism independently through reading extremist propaganda on the Internet.

In making the announcement on Sunday, the Ministry of Home Affairs said Rijal was working with foreign JI elements at the time of his arrest to revive the terror group’s network.

He was arrested last month ‘with the cooperation of regional authorities”, it said in a statement that did not elaborate on how or where he was caught.

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 23rd March 2008

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