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Indonesia police recapture bomber who escaped in a burka

  • 11 December 2012
  • From the section Asia
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Police in Indonesia have recaptured a convicted bomber who escaped a detention centre by disguising himself in a burka last month, officials say.

Roki Aprisdianto was sentenced to six years in prison in 2011 for his role in plotting a series of bombings.

Reports say he was in a Jakarta facility when some burka-clad women visited their husbands. He is said to have put on one of the garments.

Police have reportedly stepped up screenings of visitors.

Aprisdianto was wearing a burka on Monday night when he got onto a bus but was arrested when he took the veil off, thinking he was safe, a police spokesman told BBC Indonesian.

The spokesman added that police had tightened procedures around visitors to suspects detained for terrorist offences by having policewomen check visitors wearing a burka when they arrive and leave.