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Bali bomb recruiter shot dead JAKARTA - ONE of Australia's most wanted terrorists, who recruited the suicide bombers to carry out the 2002 Bali bombings, has been killed in a shootout with Filipino soldiers. Umar Patek, a recruitment specialist for the Indonesian-based terror group Jemaah Islamiah, died in a stronghold of the Philippines militant group Abu Sayyaf. The group had been hiding Patek and his Bali bombing compatriot Dulmatin.

Patek, who had a $US1million ($1.3 million) bounty on his head, was killed during the largest military offensive launched against Southeast Asian terrorists hiding out in the region. The head of the Philippines security forces hunting the terrorists, Brigadier General Juancho Sabban, said Patek "died from the wounds he suffered" after forces attacked the Abu Sayyaf camp at Luba Hill in the village of Barangay Tugas on the island of Jolo.

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty said last night the AFP "is aware of the reports (of Patek's death) and is optimistic there might be yet another breakthrough by the law enforcement and intelligence community in the disruption and dismantling of terrorism networks in the region." The AFP has previously listed Patek, Dulmatin and the Bali bomb mastermind Noordin Top as Australia's most wanted terrorists.

The US Government has a $US10 million bounty on Dulmatin's head, which is surpassed only by the $US25 million offered for Osama bin Laden. Late last week, soldiers stormed the Abu Sayyaf area and discovered terrorist manuals and bomb parts in a sign the al-Qaeda-linked militants had been training and planning for future attacks. Some of the evidence uncovered included bullet-resistant camouflage vests, bomb-making manuals and four compact discs containing letters and plans.

They had been written in the Indonesian Bahasa language and were believed to have been owned by Patek and Dulmatin. Security officers are translating the documents. Earlier this year, Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered the military to crack down on terrorists in the south of the country and hunt for Dulmatin, Patek and the head of the Abu Sayyaf group, Khadaffy Janjalani, who were believed to be hiding out together.

In the past fews weeks, the fighting has concentrated on the island of Jolo and there have been reports that more than 40 militants and six soldiers had been killed in clashes as they attempted to capture Janjalani and his cohorts. Dulmatin and Patek fled to The Philippines after the 2002 Bali bombings to avoid capture. They formed an alliance with Abu Sayyaf, a radical group listed as a terrorist organisation by the US, and have been recruiting and training terrorists sent from Indonesia to their training camps in the southern Philippines.

Both JI and Abu Sayyaf have been linked with Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'ida network. Dulmatin, an electronics whiz, was a protege of master JI bomb-maker Azahari Husin who was killed in Indonesia late last year. He allegedly helped assemble the bombs used at the Sari Club and Paddy's bar in the Bali bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.


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Posted in Terrorism @ 14 September 2006 13:04 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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