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Official Ties al-Qaida to Indonesia Terror

The al-Qaida terror network helped fund suicide bombings in Indonesia over the past four years through a courier system set up by the reputed mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, a senior police official said Tuesday. Former al-Qaida No. 3 Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who was captured in 2003, was personally involved in setting up the courier system, in which money was carried from Thailand to Malaysia and finally to Indonesia’s Sumatra island, said Col. Petrus Reinhard Golose of Indonesia’s counterterrorism task force. Golose said the money was used to help the regional militant group Jemaah Islamiyah launch attacks in the world’s most populous Muslim country from 2002-2005. Jemaah Islamiyah is blamed for the 2002 nightclub attacks on the resort island of Bali that killed 202 people, attacks in the capital Jakarta in 2003 and 2004 that together killed 21, and triple suicide bombings on Bali in October that killed 20. Full Story

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