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Samudra 'Was Recruiting Suicide Bombers'

Three witnesses at the trial of alleged Bali bombing mastermind Imam Samudra said yesterday that he had asked them if they were willing to become suicide bombers. But two of them said they did not go beyond discussing plans to help Muslims in the religiously divided Ambon and Poso regions, and had no knowledge of plans to stage bombings in Bali. ‘I was hesitant. Shahid (martyrdom) bombing? In Indonesia?’ Abdul Rauf said. Another witness, Junaedi, alias Amin, testified that Samudra once asked him: ‘Are you ready to carry a martyr’s bomb?’ Junaedi, an accomplice in a robbery to help fund the bombings, said he did not reply. Police accused regional terror group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) of staging the Bali bombing that killed 202 people last October. Rauf is on trial for robbing a jewellery shop in Banten to fund the Bali bombings. Like Samudra, he has been described as a computer expert. Full Story

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