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Imam Samudra

Jemaah Islamiya Terrorist Operations Planner


Date of CaptureNov. 21, 20021
AffiliationJemaah Islamiya1
RoleTerrorist Operations Planner1
Alias(es)Abdul Azis2, Abdulaziz bin Sihabudin2, Faiz Yunshar2
Alias(es)Kudama2, Hendri2, Heri2, Fatih2, Abu Omar2
Date of BirthJan. 14, 19702
Place of BirthSerang, Banten, Indonesia2
HistoryAttended training camp in postwar Afghanistan (1990-2001)
Narrative and Notes
  • An Indonesian national, Samudra was arrested on November 21, 2002, in connection with the October 12, 2002, bombings in Bali. Indonesian authorities have identified Samudra as a member of JI.
  • Samudra moved to Malaysia in 1990, received military training in Afghanistan between 1991 and 1993, and took an oath of allegiance, or bayat, to JI leader Abu Bakar Bashir in 1998.
  • Samudra has provided support and assistance to JI in at least three bomb attacks. Samudra assisted JI operations chief Hambali in organizing and financing the bombings of 24 churches in Indonesia, on December 24, 2000, which killed 19 people and injured more than 100.
  • Samudra participated in the bomb attack on a Jakarta shopping mall on August 1, 2001, by providing explosives and detonators to two men who carried out the attack. Samudra also played a central role in the Bali bomb attacks that killed 202 people. Samudra initiated the Bali bomb plot and selected the target and time of the bombings. He also recruited and commanded the team that executed the Bali blasts. Indeed, Indonesian police found the following message on Samudra?s computer:
  • "We are responsible for the incident in Legian St. Kuta Bali, at Saturday night, October 12, 2002 also near General Consulate building in Jalan Hayman Wuruk 188, Denpasar, Bali at the same night."1
    1 Press release JS-700, U.S. Department of Treasury, Sept. 5, 2003.
    2 U.S. Frozen Assets List, April 2006.
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