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A village in Java tells story of militant Islam's growth

When Ali Gufron set out from Tenggulun to look for work in Malaysia in the early 1980s, he left behind a village that seems to define backwater: dusty streets, wooden shacks, and residents who spend their days coaxing rice and corn from the parched soil. Now, this tiny town of 2,000 has been thrust into the spotlight by Mr. Gufron and two of his younger brothers – key operatives in the October Bali terrorist act. One of the brothers, Ali Imron, was arrested last week as he sought to flee across the Indonesian-Malaysian border. Mr. Imron has since told the Indonesian police the he was the driver of the minivan that carried the larger of the two bombs that ripped through Sari Club and Paddy’s Bar, claiming 192 lives. Full Story

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