Jakarta Hotel Bomber Linked to al-Qaida

Police identified the bomber in this week’s deadly Marriott attack, using his severed head found at the scene, and said Friday he had been recruited by an al-Qaida linked Southeast Asian terror group.

The statement is the latest indication that Jemaah Islamiyah, which is accused of carrying out last year’s devastating nightclub bombings on the island of Bali, was also behind Tuesday’s blast, which killed 10 people and injured almost 150. Two jailed Jemaah members who were shown a photograph of the head found at the site of the blast — thought to be the driver of the explosive-packed van that detonated at the Marriott — identified him and admitted to having recruited him, said Indonesian chief of detectives Erwin Mappaseng. The two Jemaah members identified the man as Asmar Latin Sani, a 28-year-old from the island of Sumatra, “based on a scar on his left temple,” Mappaseng told reporters. Full Story

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