Your Daily Muslim: Badri Hartono

I have no idea why he's smiling. He's going away for a long, long time.

I have no idea why he’s smiling. He’s going away for a long, long time.

Indonesian Muslim Badri Hartono’s jihad didn’t exactly end the way he intended. According to prosecutors, Hartono led al Qaeda Indonesia, and had engaged in all sorts of terror-related activity.

…wait, al Qaeda is in Indonesia? Yes and no. The group was named al Qaeda Indonesia, but authorities were unable to find ties between Hartono and members of any of the other branches of the terror network. However, Hartono’s actions closely mirror those of al Qaeda leaders and devotees worldwide. He ran a terrorist training camp on Sulawesi Island, a notorious militant hotspot where he sent dozens of willing jihadis after convincing them that his cause was worthwhile. Hartono also harbored a terrorist, Noordin Mohammed Top, who had carried out bombings against western targets in 2003 and 2005.

Manuals for explosive devices were found during the investigation, which had probably been distributed among the pupils at Hartono’s camp. Numerous explosives were found, as was evidence that Hartono had been testing them. Thankfully, none of those trained at that camp on Sulawesi Island are believed to have engaged in any explosive jihad as of yet – at least, no captured terrorists have admitted to having been trained there. Hartono was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for his involvement in terrorism.

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