Police said that last year’s suicide bombing of a Solo church was funded by hacking into a multi-level marketing website that focused on online investment. Some of the stolen funds were used for paramilitary training in Sulawesi, police said.
“Hacking was done by the suspects we have arrested, namely Umar, alias Udin,” said a police detective on Saturday who asked not to be named. “He has other names, such as Rizki alias Ronny or Ronny Setiawan alias Umar Amiruddin. His real name is Rizky Gunawan.”
Several terrorist suspects reportedly connected to the Sept. 2011 bombing have been arrested by anti-terrorism officers across Indonesia recently, the National Police said in Jakarta on May 7. Many of the suspects have been linked to prior terrorist attacks.
Police said that Rizky is one of five other suspects related to the Solo church bombing, including Andri, alias Hendrik, Dedi Irawan, Abu Dafa and Agus.
Pino “Hayat” Damayanto, the alleged suicide bomber, was the only fatality in in the attack.
Rizky started his paramilitary training between in early 2011, and was allegedly trained by the fugitive terrorist Santoso (alias Abu Wardah) in Central Sulawesi. Rizky is said to be skillful in making bombs and firearms.
“During the training, he gave Rp 225 million [$ 24,525] which he [obtained] from hacking,” the source said. “The money was used to buy firearms and to participate in paramilitary training in Poso and Malino, Central Sulawesi.
Twenty people were injured in last year’s attack in Solo. (Jakarta Globe)