JAKARTA (AFX) – A terror group once led by bombmaker Azahari Husin is struggling for funds after cash from Saudi Arabia was cut off and now depends on selling cellphone vouchers to get by, Indonesia’s police chief General Sutanto said.
Azahari was gunned down by anti-terror police at his hideout in East Java on Nov 9.
Sutanto told a parliamentary commission Azahari’s group was short of cash.
‘They are now in financial difficulties and their only funding comes from the sales of telephone vouchers, with a profit of about 5 mln rupiah per day,’ Sutanto said.
He said the group had in the past received funding from Saudi Arabia but police had in 2003 arrested a man through which the funds were sent.
‘With this, their source of funding was disrupted,’ he said without giving details.
Azahari and his Malaysian compatriot Noordin Mohammed Top, who is still on the run, were leading members of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) regional extremist group, which has ties to the Al-Qaeda terror network…