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Bali police holding 'bomb suspect' DENPASAR - Two people have been taken in for questioning over suspected involvement in weekend bombings on Bali island that killed up to 22 people, Bali's police chief Made Mangku Pastika told reporters on Tuesday. Authorities have said al-Qaeda-linked militants blamed for earlier blasts are top targets in the manhunt over the three suicide bombings on Saturday.

When asked whether police have questioned people over suspected involvement in the Bali bombings, Pastika said: "You already knew this," and confirmed two people have been asked about involvement. He said they were taken in for questioning two days ago and were not Balinese. At the top of the list are Malaysians Azahari bin Husin and Noordin M. Top, fugitive leaders of the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah militant Islamic network.

Police say the group was behind the first Bali bombings in 2002, which killed 202 people, and that Azahari and Top helped plan that and subsequent deadly attacks on a luxury hotel and an embassy in Jakarta. AdvertisementBali's police chief Made Mangku Pastika told reporters two people were being questioned in connection with Saturday night's suicide bombings.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited some of the wounded on Tuesday morning, telling one: "We will chase those perpetrators and bring them to court. Please be patient." Deputy national police spokesman Soenarko Artanto said Azahari and Top were prime targets of the hunt. "Our original plan from the beginning is chasing these two masterminds. After the recent incidents our hunt for them has been stepped up," he said.

But, asked if he could confirm there was evidence linking the two men to the latest blasts, he said: "No, I cannot say that." There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the blasts. Official and private terrorism experts say the tactics in the blasts, including the use of suicide bombers as in other major attacks, are among the reasons they suspect the Malaysians.

They also point to the coordination of the timing and selection of the attack sites as evidence of extensive advance planning and involvement by Jemaah Islamiah or a similar group. Chilling video footage released by investigators this week shows a man in a black shirt and jeans strolling into a restaurant, followed almost instantly by an explosion.

The tape, and photos of three severed heads believed to be those of the bombers, are being widely shown by Indonesian media as the country launches a huge manhunt for those involved. Some 200,000 Indonesian police officers are on top alert nationwide. "We are trying to undo the networks and hunt the perpetrators and their groups," national police spokesman Ariyanto Budihardjo said.

A large contingent of Australian police officers arrived in Bali this week to help. Japan also sent a police counter-terrorism unit to the island, Kyodo news agency reported. At least one national from each country was killed in the blasts, while others were injured. Three separate bombs had torn through restaurants packed with Saturday evening diners. Two were outdoor seafood eateries on Jimbaran Beach and one a steak bar at Kuta Beach.

The composition of the bombs included TNT and ball bearings, police said. With Western or tourist-linked sites the main target of the major bombings in the last several years, tourism has been hurt and security fears raised among investors. However, on Monday and in early Tuesday trade Indonesian share and currency markets were largely unaffected.

Analysts point to a degree of acceptance that sporadic attacks have become a reality in today's world, as well as other factors that outweighed the effect of the blasts. Terrorism experts say preventing determined suicide bombers from pulling off attacks is difficult, especially in a sprawling country of some 17,000 islands and 220 million people.

Even so, Jakarta has won praise for scores of arrests and convictions since the first Bali bombings, though critics say some key players got off lightly and note Jemaah Islamiah has never been declared an illegal organisation. Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation. The vast majority of those following Islam are moderates, but militancy has been a growing force.

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Posted in Terrorism @ 04 October 2005 07:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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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.

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

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

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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

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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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