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Police say baffled in Bali blast probe DENPASAR - The police chief in Bali on Tuesday expressed frustration at the lack of progress finding those behind triple suicide bombings on the resort island this month that killed 20 people. Made Mangku Pastika, who led the successful investigation of the 2002 Bali nightclub attacks, said national distribution of leaflets showing the decapitated heads of the three bombers as well as electronically enhanced pictures had yielded little.

"I wonder why nobody has stepped forward? What is baffling is where did (the three bombers) live? We don't even know where they came from?" Pastika told reporters in the Bali capital Denpasar. Police have not named any suspects over the attacks. The three suicide bombers killed 20 people when they detonated explosives-laden backpacks in crowded restaurants on Oct. 1. Pastika has said the men had Indonesian facial features.

He said the bombers might have left their families and hometowns for so long that nobody recognised them. Pastika also had a more chilling theory. "The second possibility is they come from families or groups that agree with the terrorism movement. This is dangerous." 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.

After militants bombed bars on Bali in 2002, killing 202 people, police found leads quickly from the remnants of a car used in the main attack and made the first big arrest in a month. That then led to numerous more and ultimately 30 convictions. Police said on Tuesday they would issue new leaflets saying anyone giving credible information on the identities of the suspected backpack bombers would receive $10,000.

Suspicion for the attacks has fallen on Jemaah Islamiah or an offshoot of the network, seen as al Qaeda's arm in Southeast Asia. In recent bombings, court testimony has shown that senior operatives from Jemaah Islamiah have brainwashed young recruits from poor families living on the main island of Java to drive bomb-laden cars to targets.


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Police question three men over last month's Bali attacks

Indonesian police are continuing to question three men arrested in connection with last month's Bali bombings. The three were taken into custody in central Java and flown to the Balinese capital Denpasar for interrogation. Police say they will face charges of assisting terrorists, which carries a jail sentence of between three and 15 years.

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