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Malaysian bombmakers key Bali suspects JAKARTA - Two Malaysians accused of orchestrating the bombings in Bali three years ago are suspected of having a hand in the latest terrorist attack on the Indonesian island. However, Malaysian authorities claimed to have eradicated terrorist cells in the country. Indonesian authorities believe terror group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) is behind the suicide blasts that ripped through the popular tourist destination Saturday night, killing 26 people including three Australians.

Prime Minister John Howard said the bombing was undoubtedly the work of terrorists trying to undermine democracy in Indonesia. He suspected JI may be involved. "If in the process you can kill and maim and frighten Westerners, including Australians, then that is regarded as something of a bonus as far as the terrorists are concerned," Mr Howard told the Nine Network.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono warned in late August of the likelihood of terrorists striking in the weeks leading up to Muslim holiday of Ramadan, which begins this month. AdvertisementTerrorism expert Clive Williams said fugitives Azahari Husin and Noordin Mohammad Top, with links to JI, could be the masterminds behind Saturday night's attack.

The pair are suspected of making the bombs used in the October 2002 Bali bombings, which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians. They are also believed to have been behind the Marriott hotel bombing in August 2003 and last year's blast outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer confirmed the bombings had the hallmarks of JI.

"It wouldn't be a surprise if this attack was tied up with those two people, but you can't be certain at this stage," Mr Downer told ABC television. "It's just got the characteristics of an al-Qaeda, well al-Qaeda but a Jemaah Islamiah-style attack, and an attack that might have involved those two people." Since the 2002 Bali bombings, dozens of key members of JI have been convicted, including its alleged spiritual leader, Abu Bakar Bashir - now serving a two-year sentence for conspiracy in the earlier attacks.

Dr Williams, director of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University, said the latest attack showed that the arrests had failed to cripple the group. "Clearly, they are still able to mount small-scale operations, or in this particular case, it seems they probably would have had half-a-dozen people involved," he told The Associated Press.

Indonesian expert Greg Fealy, also from ANU, said JI was one of the few groups capable of carrying out a highly coordinated suicide attack. "The fact that it's a suicide bombing narrows the field a bit," he told AAP. "There are quite a few groups who are capable of undertaking bombings but there are less that are capable of undertaking highly coordinated suicide bombings, as we have here."

Australian Federal Police will have a key role in the bombing investigation, similar to their involvement in 2002. Fifteen AFP officers are already in Bali, while another 10 AFP officers and three state detectives were due to arrive Sunday night. AFP chief Mick Keelty said a joint command operation for the investigation would be shared by Indonesian and Australian police, as occurred during the 2002 bombings.

Police are waiting at Australian airports to interview returning tourists to help with the bombing investigation. "Over 500 passengers have already returned to Australia overnight and earlier today and we'll continue to meet those flights and try and glean from the arriving passengers from Denpasar as much information as possible," Mr Keelty told reporters.


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Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2005 13:21 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





sascha
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Stupid bastards.
Thank god me gf was there last week n not now.
I still can remember when we had dinner at Raja's together.
This is so sad for bali.



Yogya-Bali
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Not only for Bali but for whole of Indonesia.
Well timed just for the Ramadhan so moslims will not protest.



papaya
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Today is the day petrol prices have been risen 90%. Why blame foreigners for this? Assholes! Emoticon: Angry



gulpener
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Who said they will never bomb the same place twice? Only time will tell... now I have doubts if I shoud bring my friends to Bali or even Indonesia. Emoticon: Frustrated
nowhere is safe anymore. Emoticon: Cry



Raymond2300
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Last week at same time my gf and i where in Kuta mall. We have a few friends there. one of them: Mutiara Ritelinti Wira, hope your doing ok man! Ray and Es from Belanda (from the dengdeng manis)



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Mutiara Ritelini Wira = Yunani..



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It's an attack for the whole world, not only for Bali (Indonesia). The president SBY must take hard actions to catch those who're guilty for this unhuman actc of terrorism in Indonesia. It's not for the first time that Bali (the Island of Goddes) was attact by terrorist. Indonesia is my birthcountry and I always come home (each year) to see my family, friends. I don't understand why such a beautiful island as Bali is the place that terrorists choose to take their unhuman acctions. I know, terrorist always choose busy touristplaces and Bali is such a beautiful island and that's why they choose to take their actions.

I hope that the world will take hard actions, especially the United States of America and Europe must take actions, and help the people of Indonesia that are now live in such an terrible world.

The terrorist must be taken as soon as possible and give them the deadsentence and nothing else but that.
For alle the family from the victims of this unhuman attacks in Bali (Kuta and Jimbaran) we (incl. my wife and children) them all the love we can give and that God will give his love to the families in Bali and all of the world.

May God bless all the family of the victims of this unhuman acts...

Raymond (Capelle aan den Ijssel, Holland - the Netherlands)



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On 01-10-2005 16:31 sascha wrote:
Stupid bastards.
Thank god me gf was there last week n not now.
I still can remember when we had dinner at Rajas together.
This is so sad for bali.


Not just for Bali/Indonesia but for the hole world. No matter what happens, actions like these are always so much more than just 'sad'!



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Coming tomorrow, Bali must be the safest place to be at the moment!!
Wish the Balinese all the strength they need!!!!!



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