A split has apparently formed in the Indonesian radical Muslim group Jemaah Islamiyah, and the new group is even more fanatical in its determination to wage jihad against non-Muslims “” particularly the Christians of Indonesia. This from AsiaNews, with thanks to Nicolei:
The latest analysis report prepared by the Jakarta-based International Crisis Group (ICG) released early this week, stated that a radical new Islamic militia had emerged in the country. The newly established group “Mujahedden Kompak” was formed by hard-liners who split from “Jemaah Islamiyah”, considered to be Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Southeast Asia. The report-analysis, written by ICG”s Chapter Director Sydney Jones, an American expert in Southeast Asian issues, describes the faction.
The Muslim militant group exists in the Central Sulawesi province, and is highly concentrated in the Poso region, where “˜Kompak”, an acronym roughly translated as “Action Committee for Crisis Response”, is responsible for a series of attacks against Christians. Their members are highly trained in international militant camps in Mindanao and Afghanistan. “˜Kompak” is involved in the Muslim/ Christian conflicts in the Moluccas and aggressively seek new recruits. They are ideologically prepared to launch large-scale deadly attacks. “It suggests a need to revise assessments about the nature and gravity of the terrorist threat in Indonesia,” Ms. Jones wrote in the report. “While the shorter-term prospects are somewhat encouraging, there is an underappreciated longer security risk. This organization presents a possible new partner for al-Qaeda.”