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Indonesia double bombing kills 20

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posted on May, 28 2005 @ 12:59 PM
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Indonesia double bombing kills 20
2 days earlier, U.S. embassy closed doors due to terror threats
--Jerusalem Post
Two bombs exploded Saturday at a busy market in central Indonesia, killing at least 20 people and wounding 40 others in a volatile area marred by years of inter-religious fighting, a police official said.

The blasts occurred in the morning at a market in Sulawesi island's Christian-dominated town of Tentena, said Police Maj. Riky Naldo, the deputy chief of police in nearby Poso town. Witnesses said there was a small explosion, followed about 15 minutes later by a much larger one. The bigger blast flattened the small market that sells fruit, vegetables and meat, and is near a police station.

"We still have no idea on the motive of the explosion, but clearly these bombs were aimed at disturbing the security situation in this region," said Brig. Gen. Aryanto Sutadi, chief of the Central Sulawesi Police.
No one has been arrested over the explosions.
Tentena is about 60 kilometers from Poso, where fighting between Muslims and Christians has claimed thousands of lives since 2000.
In January, Police found 60 homemade bombs in an abandoned house in Poso.
Large-scale clashes have died down, but over the past year the island has seen an increase in attacks and bombings.
Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation, but central Sulawesi has roughly equal Muslim and Christian populations.
Saturday's blasts came just two days after warnings of unspecified attacks that prompted the United States to close its embassy and other diplomatic offices in Indonesia until further notice.
Police said they did not know of any specific threats against Americans, but that they have picked up intelligence indicating that terror suspects Azahari bin Husin and Noordin Mohamed Top might be planning more attacks. Their targets are typically Western-related.
The two Malaysian suspects, Azahari and Noordin, are believed to have masterminded the attacks on the September 9, 2004 attack at the Australian Embassy that killed 10 people and the August 5, 2003 Marriott hotel bombing that killed 12. Both blasts were in Jakarta.

The al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah terror network has been blamed for those attacks, as well as the October 12, 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists. The two Malaysian suspects, Azahari and Noordin, are believed to have masterminded the attacks on the September 9, 2004 attack at the Australian Embassy that killed 10 people and the August 5, 2003 Marriott hotel bombing that killed 12. Both blasts were in Jakarta.

The al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah terror network has been blamed for those attacks, as well as the October 12, 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists.











 
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