JAKARTA - Indonesia police chief Sutanto has said that explosives found this month in different raids throughout the island of Java, exceeded the amount used in the 2002 Bali bombings. At that time, a bomb-laden mini-van killed 202 people when it was brought to explosion near nightclubs in Kuta Beach at 12 October 2002. The bomb was believed to be produced by Malaysian terrorist Azahari Husin, who killed himself in 2005 when police was hunting him down.
Police found at least 20 bombs and huge quantities of bomb-making chemicals when they raided a house in central Java just over a week ago. The cache was found after arrests of suspected militants in Yogyakarta and other places in central Java. "The discovered explosive materials had a large capacity," police chief General Sutanto said. "If they were assembled into one device, it could be more powerful than the one used in the first Bali bombing."