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Jakarta Post

Terror groups turn Medan into fund-raising center

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Fri, June 22 2012   /  09:57 am

Masked suspect: Dozens of armed police personnel escort terrorist suspect Umar after raiding a house in Medan, North Sumatra, on Thursday. The house was believed to be owned by terror groups. Antara/Irsan MulyadiThe National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) has revealed that terror groups have turned Medan, North Sumatra, into a center for fund-raising in Indonesia, following the discovery of assets worth billions of rupiah in various locations across the city.

BNPT head, Insp. Gen. (ret.) Ansyad Mbai, said Medan had been chosen as a fund-raising center by terrorist groups because the city was regarded as an advanced economic hub.

Ansyad added that terrorist networks were still present in Medan so it was logical that they use it as a place to gather logistics for terror activities.

He said his agency had discovered and seized a significant number of assets from variou...