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Bali suspects linked to Jakarta blast

Indonesian police Tuesday linked several key suspects in last October’s Bali bombings to an explosion two years ago that killed two people outside the residence of the Philippines ambassador in Jakarta. Police said that information from Fathurachman al-Gozhi, an Indonesian Muslim militant serving a jail sentence in Manila for possession of explosives, police identified several of the Bali bombing suspects as participants in the Aug. 1, 2000 blast in Jakarta, said Jakarta city police spokesman Senior Commissioner Prasetyo. Police also said Imam Samudra, the alleged mastermind of the deadly Bali terrorist attack, was involved in the Jakarta blast. One of those named was Hambali, who is also known as Ridwan Isamuddin and is the former operational chief of Jemaah Islamiyah, a militant group that aims to establish a pan-Islamic state in the region, and believed to have links with al Qaida network. Indonesian police and regional leaders claim that Jemaah Islamiyah was behind the Oct, 12, 2002, Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people, most of whom were foreign visitors. Full Story

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