The leader of Jamaah Islamiyah (JI), Abu Irsyad alias Zarkarsih, is captured by police.
Abu Irsyad alias Mbah alias Zarkasih alias Nuaim alias Zaenuddin was captured by Detachment 88 in Ngalik, Yogyakarta on Saturday 9th June, six hours after the capture of his junior, but more famous colleague, Abu Dujana, real name Ainul Bakri. While Ainul Bakri/Abu Dujana is thought to have been in control of the military wing of JI Zarkarsih was his superior, the "Amir" (highest leader) of JI in Indonesia and the operational commander for the Poso area of Central Sulawesi.
Abu Irsyad or Zarkarsih, in a police video.
The 45 year old, born in 1962 in Pekalongan, Central Java, was appointed emergency head of JI during a meeting of high ranking JI leaders in 2005, after his predecessor, Andung/Adung, was arrested in Solo/Surakarta in June 2004.
In his videotaped confession aired on 15th June, Zarkasih explained that Abu Bakar Bashir was the leader of JI between 2000 and 2002, before being replaced by Abu Rusdan, then Andung/Adung, then himself. He said: theage
The rest of the group appointed me as the head of the commission (to find a new leader) - I don't know whether that is as emir or not. But we have to find a good emir to lead the spread of Islam teachings and jihad.
Previously, in 1997 he studied Islam in Sasda/Saddah, Pakistan and in the following year he underwent military training at camp Udaidiah in Mindanao, southern Philippines, graduating second to Nasir Abbas. metrotv antara