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Indonesia suspects JI over deadly blasts JAKARTA - Twin bomb blasts that killed 22 people in a Christian town in eastern Indonesia bore the hallmarks of a regional militant group Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the vice president and a senior police official said.

Some 50 people were wounded in the blasts on Saturday which ripped through a busy market in the lakeside town of Tentena on the eastern island of Sulawesi, the worst bombings in Indonesia since the 2002 Bali attacks that killed 202 people. Tentena is part of an area where 2,000 people were killed in three years of Muslim-Christian fighting until a peace deal was agreed in late 2001.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the bombings were similar to those carried out by JI, a shadowy militant group seen as the regional arm of Al Qaeda. He singled out Malaysian Noordin M Top, one of the most wanted men in the region and a key JI operative. "The pattern is at least like that carried out by Noordin M Top," Mr Kalla told reporters in Jakarta, without giving details.

Top and another fugitive Malaysian and senior JI member, bombmaker Azahari bin Husin, are accused of masterminding a spate of blasts in Indonesia including the 2002 attacks on the resort island of Bali. A senior police official in Jakarta, asked if the Tentena attacks resembled previous bombings blamed on JI said, "there are similarities, based on the analysis of the anti-terror team", but he did not elaborate.

Nearby Poso was the focus of much of the past Sulawesi violence, which drew militants from groups like JI. There has been some violence since the peace deal but Saturday's bombings, less than 15 minutes apart, were among the worst cases and raised fears sectarian strife would reignite.


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Posted in Violence @ 30 May 2005 07:27 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





timogubbens
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It is really awful that this has happened, I was there last August, I went camping with some boys who were from there. I read that there are rumours that Jemaah Islamiyaah is involved. Does anybody know more?



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Maybe the start of a new series of attacks? Emoticon: Angry



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