The National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism unit is reported to have arrested Nu’aim Ba'asyir, a nephew of firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, in Surakarta, Central Java, on Tuesday evening.
A source at the National Police said in Jakarta on Wednesday that Nu’aim was accused of harboring bomb-maker Slamet Pilih Utomo, who was apprehended by the counterterrorism squad earlier on Tuesday.
National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto, however, declined to confirm the report.
“So far, we have not received any information regarding that,” he said on Wednesday.
Sonhadi, a spokesman for Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid (JAT), an Islamic organization led by Ba’asyir, confirmed that Nu’aim was arrested at his residence.
“He was with his nine-year-old daughter when suddenly the Densus 88 squad raided the house. His daughter saw a squad member wielding a firearm. This has traumatized her,” Sonhadi told The Jakarta Post.
Sonhadi confirmed that Nu’aim was a former JAT member.
“He joined JAT back in 2008. About two years ago, he resigned because he wanted to focus on his business,” he said, shrugging off a rumor that Nu’aim left JAT due to ideological differences.
According to Sonhadi, Nu’aim had been a tutor for undergraduate students completing their theses.