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Bali Bombing Coordinator Sentenced to Death for Role

The cleric is convicted of plotting the attacks that killed 202 people. Authorities in the region eye security for an upcoming summit. The Islamic terrorist who coordinated last year’s Bali nightclub bombings was sentenced to death Thursday as authorities in the region searched for missiles and bombs alleged to be in the hands of his confederates. Ali Gufron, a cleric and teacher better known by the alias Mukhlas, was found guilty of plotting, organizing and carrying out the attack, which killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists. “His act caused many casualties,” presiding judge Tjokorda Rai Suamba said in an interview after the hearing in Bali. “He damaged the tourism industry. He did not show any remorse for what he has done. Instead, he said the Bali bombing was an act of devotion.” Authorities say Mukhlas, 43, is a top leader of the Jemaah Islamiah terror network, which is allied with Al Qaeda and is believed to be responsible for dozens of attacks in Southeast Asia, including the Aug. 5 bombing of the JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta that killed 12 people. Full Story

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