On high alert for four Indonesian terrorists

File photo of Tanjung Gusta prison, which was set ablaze by inmates after a riot broke out.
File photo of Tanjung Gusta prison, which was set ablaze by inmates after a riot broke out.

PETALING JAYA - Malaysia is on high alert for four Indonesian terrorists who escaped from a prison in Indonesia's Medan city last week following a riot.

The four men - Fadli Sadama, Agus Sunyoto, Nibras and Abdul Gani Siregar - are among the 218 escapees in the Tanjung Gusta Prison riot which caused the death of three prisoners and two prison personnel.

Special Task Force (Operations and Counter Terrorism) director Comm Datuk Mohamad Fuzi Harun said police and other agencies patrolling the borders had been alerted following the escape of the four men.

"There is a possibility that these men might slip back into the country through illegal entry points along the coast," he told The Star yesterday.

The four were part of a 16-men gang who robbed RM139mil from CIMB Niaga Bank, the Indonesian branch of CIMB Bank, and shot dead a police officer and wounded two bank security guards in August 2010.

Fadli was arrested Malaysia in October 2010 when police found two guns on him which the 27-year-old extremist was planning to smuggle back to Indonesia for terror activities.

Comm Mohamad Fuzi said Fadli was carrying the guns on his way to Johor by bus and after his arrest, he was deported back to Indonesia in December that same year for suspected militant and weapons dealing activities.

"We are monitoring the situation (on the possible entry of the four men into Malaysia) closely and are in contact with our counterparts on the latest developments there," he said.

In a phone interview from Jakarta, Indonesia National Counter Terrorism Agency head Ansyaad Mbai said Fadli had links with militants in South-East Asia.

"He has raised funds from robbing banks and narcotics to buy weapons. And yes, he (Fadli) is dangerous," he said.

Fadli was a member of the Indonesian Mujahidin Group (KMI) and was recruited by convicted Indonesian terrorist Toni Togar, who is serving a 20-year jail sentence at Pematang Siantar penintentiary in North Sumatra for his role in J.W. Marriot Hotel bombing in Jakarta in 2003.