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Indonesia Arrests More Militants, Finds Bomb Plans

Indonesian police have arrested at least three senior Jemaah Islamiah Muslim militants over the Bali bombings and foiled plans for more attacks, but they have not yet caught the group’s operations chief, they said on Friday. Police said one the arrested militants committed suicide by shooting himself with an M-16 rifle shortly after being arrested near Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri’s main private residence. He was handcuffed at the time, police said. Officers also seized two M-16s, more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition and militant literature at two locations, police said. Rumors have swept Jakarta for days about the capture of the alleged Jemaah Islamiah operations chief known as Hambali, an Indonesian Muslim preacher in his late 30s who is the most wanted man in Southeast Asia and said to be the top regional representative for the al Qaeda network of Osama bin Laden. One of the militants arrested this week was Pranata Yuda, also called Mustofa, 42, Jemaah Islamiah’s former chief for a region that incorporates parts of eastern Indonesia, Malaysia and the southern Philippines, police said. Full Story

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