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Jakarta Says Hambali Info Can Stop Terror Attacks

Indonesia has received ‘important’ information from top terror suspect Hambali which could help prevent future attacks, national intelligence chief A.M. Hendropriyono said on Wednesday. The former suspected top figure in both Al-Qaeda and the regional extremist network Jemaah Islamiah was arrested in Thailand in August. He is in US custody at an undisclosed location. ‘Access to meet physically with Hambali has not yet been obtained but a series of important (answers) to questions to be used for intelligence purposes has been received by us,’ Mr Hendropriyono said. ‘So we have an idea how big the network is and how extensive (future terror) targets and plans are.’ Indonesia is pressing the US for direct access to Hambali, who is believed to be detained on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia. Police want to question the Indonesian directly about various JI blasts, including the car bombing of the Marriott hotel in Jakarta last August in which 12 people died and the Bali nightclub blasts which killed 202 people in October 2002. Full Story

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