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Bin Laden 'inspired Bali attacks'

The Bali bombers followed a call from Osama Bin Laden to attack Western interests, an Indonesian court has heard. Prosecutors at the trial of a key Bali suspect read the statement from another suspected militant, Wan Min Wan Mat, who is detained in Malaysia. The statement said the bombings were intended as a “warning for foreigners – Americans and Australians who are setting their feet in Bali and who are infidels and enemies of Islam”. Prosecutors say Wan Min Wan Mat is a member of Jemaah Islamiah (JI), a group of South East Asian militants blamed for last October’s attacks on a resort in Bali. The attacks were carried out “as a fatwa (edict) issued by Osama bin Laden”, Wan Min Wan Mat was quoted as saying. According to his statement, the bombings were planned at a meeting of JI leaders in the Thai capital, Bangkok, in February 2002. Full Story

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