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Canberra knew of Bali bomb threat

Australia’s spy agency has admitted that the mastermind behind the Bali bombing last October was known to its analysts before the fatal attacks took place. Bill O’Malley, a south-east Asia analyst with the office of national assessments, told a Senate inquiry that the threat of an attack by the group Jemaah Islamiah had been raised in a report just two days before the Bali bombing. He also said that Imam Samudra, now on trial in Bali for planning the October 12 bombing, was then known to the ONA. Mr O’Malley said analysts “strongly believed” that some of those implicated in the bombings had been in Indonesia at the time. One was Imam Samudra, who is accused of raising funds and recruiting bombers for the Bali attack, which killed 202 people. Mr O’Malley said an ONA report for ministers, produced on October 10, had listed alleged Jemaah Islamiah operations, such as a foiled multiple terrorist attack on embassies and public buildings in Singapore, and claimed more were “on the cards”. Full Story

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