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Jakarta Post

Ex-terrorists unite to promote peace, deradicalization

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Against radicalism: Former terrorist Ali Fauzi (left) speaks about the importance of peace, accompanied by Vivi, a victim of the 2002 JW Marriott bomb attack in Jakarta in this 2016 file photo. The two have reconciled and have been participating together in seminars aimed at curbing radicalism among youth.(Courtesy of AIDA/file)
Wahyoe Boediwardhana
Lamongan, East Java   ●   Thu, August 24, 2017

Tenggulun subdistrict in Selokuro, Lamongan, East Java, was once infamous because of the October 2002 arrests of three Bali bombers, brothers Ali Gufron, Amrozi and Ali Imron, known as the Trio Tenggulun.

Now, 15 years later, the subdistrict attracted public attention again after more than 40 former terrorist inmates and combatants from various conflict areas, including Afghanistan and Mindanau in the Philippines, gathered there to vow loyalty to Indonesia and promised to help fight extremism.

“I have promised to preach, voicing peace. I want to help the government, persuade others to repent and together develop Indonesia,” Agus Martin, alias Hasan, 36, said recently. Agus was imprisoned for committing acts of terror in Poso, Central Sulawesi, and Ambon, Maluku.

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