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Jakarta Post

JI crown prince Abdul Rohim sees violent jihad as inevitable

  • Hasyim Widhiarto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 11 2010   /  09:53 am

The youngest son of firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, Abdul Rohim, 31, is tipped by many to become the future leader of the jihadist movement in Indonesia. The young and energetic father of three daughters talked with The Jakarta Post’s Hasyim Widhiarto several days before the police arrested Ba’asyir, the spiritual leader of the Jamaah Islamiyah. Here is an excerpt of the interview:Abdul Rohim
Question: Many believe you have been groomed to lead the future jihadist movement here. What is your response?

Answer: (Laughing) I don’t think that’s true. A journalist once asked me the same question and I said that he had picked the totally wrong guy.

Why? It is because I still don’t have enough knowledge and fighting experience (to follow in Ba’asyir’s footsteps).

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