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#30542 - 02 May 06 05:00 Bali-type bombs found in Java
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Police in Indonesia say they have found explosives in central Java of the type used in an attack in Bali last year.
The material was uncovered following a tip-off from a man arrested on Saturday during a raid targeting the fugitive militant leader, Noordin Mohammad Top.

Noordin, one of South East Asia's most wanted men who is accused of helping to mastermind a series of bombings, evaded capture but two militants were killed.

Three suicide bombers killed 20 people in an attack in Bali last October.

More than 200 people died in bombings in Bali in 2002.

Also on Monday, an Indonesian court sentenced two men to four and seven years in prison for helping Noordin.

Bomb-making operation

According to officials, the men killed in Saturday's raid in the village of Binangun were senior members of Jemaah Islamiah, an Islamic militant group blamed for the attacks in Bali, elsewhere in Indonesia and further afield.

National police spokesman Anton Bahrul Alam said that important evidence had been uncovered during the raid - two weapons, a laptop, SIM cards for mobile phones and a handwritten document.

Noordin is wanted over a series of attacks in Indonesia

Information gleaned from two men the police arrested led investigators to a storage unit in a town close to the site of the raid.

There police say they found explosives and other equipment, which suggested a bomb-making operation was well under way.

"They found a bomb like those used in the Bali blasts," said Mr Alam.

Indonesian and foreign intelligence agencies have been warning for some time that militants could be planning another attack.

It may be that those plans have now been thwarted, at least for the time being, according to the BBC correspondent in Jakarta, Rachel Harvey.

The Indonesians have been successful in tracking down many of those implicated in some way with the Bali bombers.

On Monday 32-year-old Joni Akmad Fauzani was jailed for four years for harbouring Noordin in early 2005.

Abdullah Sonata, 27, was jailed for seven years for withholding information about terrorists.

But the man the security forces would most like to track down, Noordin himself, continues to evade capture.

He is wanted in connection with a string of attacks across Indonesia, including Bali.

The man thought to be his closest ally, bomb maker Azahari Husin, was killed in November after police tracked him down in east Java.

As long as Noordin remains at large, the threat of further attacks remains, our correspondent says.
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#30543 - 06 Jun 06 12:14 Re: Bali-type bombs found in Java
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Abu Bakar Ba'asyir to be released from prison next week
JAKARTA (AP): An Indonesian militant cleric imprisoned in connection with the 2002 Bali bombings will return home after his release next week so that he can resume his teachings at the infamous Ngruki school, his lawyer said.

Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, the alleged spiritual leader of the al-Qaeda-linked militant group Jamaah Islamiyah, helped found the boarding school in Central Java province more than three decades ago. Many of Indonesia's convicted terrorists attended theschool.

Ba'asyir, who has denied any involvement in militant acts, will be freed on June 14 after completing 26 months of his 30-month sentence for conspiracy in the Bali nightclub blasts that killed 202 people, many of them foreign tourists, governmentofficials said Monday.

Several months were cut from his sentence for good behavior. Bashir plans to return to Solo, a town 400 kilometers east of the capital Jakarta, so he "can get medical attention and teach again at Ngruki," his lawyer, Mahendradata, told The Associated Press.

Mahendradata said he hoped the government would not bow to foreign pressure by finding another reason to keep the 68-year-old cleric behind bars.

Australia, which lost 88 citizens in the Bali blasts, has said repeatedly in the past that the original sentence was too short, and U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld will be meeting with Indonesia's president and top security chiefs later Tuesday.

It was not clear if Bashir would be on the agenda.

Jamaah Islamiyah is accused of carrying out the 2002 Bali bombings, attacks in the Indonesian capital in 2003 and 2004 that together killed 21 people, and a triple suicide bombing on Bali last October that killed 20. (***)
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#30544 - 07 Jun 06 04:06 Re: Bali-type bombs found in Java
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Jakarta warns US on terror stand

The Indonesian defence minister warned Mr Rumsfeld on terrorism
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has held talks with the Indonesian president on the last leg of his three-state tour of South East Asia.
Mr Rumsfeld met President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and senior ministers in Jakarta to discuss closer military ties and the US "war on terror".

Defence Minister Juwono Sudarsono warned the US that its anti-terror approach could trigger a backlash.

He urged the US to let countries put in place their own anti-terror measures.

Mr Rumsfeld arrived in Jakarta from Vietnam, where he held talks with his counterpart, Pham Can Tra, on military relations and economic cooperation.

'Overly insistent'

Ahead of the meeting with Mr Rumsfeld, Mr Yudhoyono had stressed he was keen to improve military cooperation with the US.

It's best that you leave the main responsibility of anti-terrorist measures to the local government in question

Defence Minister Juwono Sudarsono

After the talks, presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal said that Mr Yudhoyono had emphasised the need for the normalisation of US-Indonesia military ties.

Mr Yudhoyono also thanked the US for its aid to victims of the 27 May earthquake near the city of Yogyakarta, he said.

While the issue of terrorism was discussed, it was not the main point of the talks, the spokesman said.

But Defence Minister Juwono Sudarsono, who also attended the meeting with Mr Rumsfeld, warned the US against alienating allies by forcing them to adopt its approach to fighting terrorism.

"It's best that you leave the main responsibility of anti-terrorist measures to the local government in question and not to be overly insistent about immediate results arriving from your perception of terrorists," he told a press conference.

"It's important to us because as the world's largest Muslim country, we are very aware of the perception, or misperception, that the United States is overbearing," he said.

Last week, Mr Sudarsono said he would tell Mr Rumsfeld that US methods to tackle terrorism were hurting the United States.


The one-day visit to Jakarta was also expected to address the issue of maritime security in the Malacca Strait.

Security is dominating the agenda of Mr Rumsfeld's tour of Asia

The strait, one of the world's busiest sea lanes, is used by some 50,000 ships annually and is prone to pirate attacks.

The US has also expressed concern about possible terrorist attacks in the area.

On Monday, Mr Rumsfeld met his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Van Tra and congratulated him on the country's "amazing economic achievements" of the last 11 years.

The two held talks on defence issues, but Mr Rumsfeld played down speculation the US was seeking new bases.

It was the first visit by a US defence secretary in six years, and only the second visit since the end of the Vietnam war in 1975.
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