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Indonesian Police See Blasts As Similar

Attackers used a mobile phone to detonate the car bomb at Jakarta’s Marriott Hotel, the same method used by al-Qaida-linked bombers on the tourist island of Bali last fall, police said Wednesday. Other similarities, including the use of the same types of explosives in both attacks, could connect the regional terror group Jemaah Islamiyah to the blast Tuesday that killed up to 14 people, authorities said. Jemaah Islamiyah almost certainly carried out the bombing, a U.S. official in Washington said on condition of anonymity. The official said the blast had the hallmarks of previous attacks by the group, an Islamic movement that officials have linked to al-Qaida and blamed for the Bali bloodshed. Officials warned more attacks were possible in the wake of the Marriott bombing, which also wounded nearly 150. Worries about the threat of terrorism have been high in the Southeast Asian archipelago, the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Full Story

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