JAKARTA ~ Anti-terrorist police have arrested three Malaysians suspected of being couriers for fugitive Noordin Mohammad Top in East Java province, a report said.
The trio were arrested on Monday in the isolated village of Wonosalam, Jombang district police chief Dwi Setiadi told ElShinta radio on Wednesday.
The report gave no names but said the men were suspected of being couriers for Noordin, a Malaysian accused of involvement in a series of deadly attacks in Indonesia.
Setiadi said district police were carefully searching the area for other accomplices.
“If they were captured here, automatically the others would run away, so we are monitoring for any presence of their friends or group members,” Setiadi told ElShinta.
Spokesmen at the national police headquarters in Jakarta could not be immediately reached for confirmation of the arrests.
Noordin is said to have been a key member of the regional militant group Jemaah Islamiah, but is now believed to have split off to form an even more hardline group. He has repeatedly given police the slip.