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Australia confident Indonesia will nab fugitive Malaysian bomb experts

Australia said it was confident Indonesian police would be able to arrest two Malaysian explosives experts accused of masterminding the Australian embassy bombing in Jakarta in September. Indonesia’s detectives were “working hard” to arrest Azahari Husin and Noordin Mohammad Top, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said here after talks with national police chief General Da’i Bachtiar. “I am confident they will track them down and arrest them in time. They’re working very hard on that and we’ll do what we can to assist the Indonesian police,” he told reporters.Downer also announced that Australia was doubling counter-terrorism assistance to Indonesia from 10 million Australian dollars (7.8 million US dollars) to 20 million over the next five years. The money will partly go towards enhancing joint anti-terror centers established by the two countries in Indonesia in the wake of the October 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people were killed — 88 of them Australian. Azahari and Noordin have been linked to the Bali attacks and the bombing last year of Jakarta’s Marriott hotel that left 12 dead. Full Story

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