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Witness Tells Court He Detonated One of Bali Bombs

A militant Indonesian Muslim told a court Wednesday he detonated one of the bombs on Bali island last October and he received money from a key suspect in the attack that killed 202 people, mainly foreign tourists. Appearing in court for the first time since his arrest last month, Idris, also known as Jhoni Hendrawan, echoed the sentiments of other self-confessed bombers in calling the attack a warning to the United States. Idris said he was responsible for a device which exploded near the U.S. consulate in Bali on the night of October 12. That blast, one of three, wounded no one. “Yes, I exploded that bomb with a handphone,” he said. “This was a reminder to the infidels. The masterminds of attacks on Muslims are indeed Americans. At that time, it was believed many Americans, white people, were in Bali.” Idris was giving testimony in the trial of Mukhlas, a 43-year-old Indonesian preacher who is charged with plotting, organizing and carrying out terror crimes. Full Story

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