JAKARTA: An Indonesian militant believed to head the military
wing of Islamic extremist network Jemaah Islamiyah has said he opposed
the 2003 bombing of the JW Marriott hotel in Jakarta, a report said on
Abu Dujana, who was nabbed by Indonesian counter-terrorism police
in Central Java on June 9, told weekly news magazine Tempo that those
responsible for the bombing, which left 12 dead, were "insubordinate to
Dujana said that fugitive Malaysian militant Noordin Mohammad Top
had wanted him to carry out the operation but he refused and "did not
approve" it, forcing two other men who were not members of JI at the
time to be recruited.
Dujana, 37, met with a Tempo journalist at a station of Indonesia's
feared Brimob paramilitary in the central city of Yogyakarta, and was
still limping from a gunshot wound to his leg sustained during his
He reportedly said Noordin asked the JI leader at the time, Ustad
Adung, for members to help out and was assigned a man named Qotadah.
Dujana said he took Qotadah to "meet with Noordin, and later I
found out that that meeting was used (by the police) to accuse me of
plotting the JW Marriott bombing".
He said Qotadah had already recruited two people from Sumatra to carry out the car bomb attack.
"I told him that he shouldn't have done that. (People) assignments
should be approved by the organisation," he told the magazine.
In a meeting a few days after the bombing, he said he was "furious
with Noordin for his acts" and Noordin asked to go into seclusion with
Police said last week that Dujana was wanted for playing a role in
other attacks, including the Bali bombings in 2002 which left 202
people dead and the blast at the Australian embassy in 2004.
A few hours after nabbing Dujana, police also arrested the head of
JI, Zarkasi, who admitted he had been the organisation's boss since
The pair's capture is a severe blow to JI, which dreams of creating
a pan-Islamic state across much of Southeast Asia. But analysts have
said the group has the capacity to eventually bounce back.
Dujana's wife, Sri Murdiyati, described in a separate interview
with Tempo how her husband was captured while on his motorbike with
three of their four children.
"A car closed in on them and my husband was ordered to squat and
put his hands on his head," she said, adding that her eight-year-old
son had told her he was "shot in close range, when he was squatting, in
front of his children".
She said she was "surprised and had never known" her husband went by the name Abu Dujana.
"I don't believe that my husband is Abu Dujana... It's impossible
that my husband is an expert in bomb-making – he can only sew clothes
and bags," she added.
Dujana admitted his position in JI on a video aired by police last Friday.