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Indonesia said Sunday it suspected two fugitives linked to al-Qaida had masterminded the suicide bombings of crowded restaurants in tourist resorts on the Indonesian island of Bali which killed at least 26 people and injured more than 100.
Maj. Gen. Ansyaad Mbai, a top Indonesian anti-terror official, identified the two suspected masterminds as Malaysians alleged to be key members of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah terror group. They are also accused of orchestrating the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, as well as two other attacks in the Indonesian capital in 2003 and 2004. The nightclub bombings, which also struck venues crowded with tourists on a Saturday night, killed 202 people, most of them foreigners.
In the latest attacks, three suicide bombers wearing explosive vests set off near-simultaneous explosions that devastated three restaurants crowded with diners on Saturday night.
Bal i Bombing Suspects Linked to al-Qaida
Aziz Presents Road Map for Islamic Nations’ Progress
Elisia Yeo, Agence France Presse
KUALA LUMPUR, 2 October 2005 — Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz yesterday outlined a “road map” to economic progress for Muslim countries, including overcoming crippling conflicts and promoting better governance.
“There can be no doubt that we possess tremendous potential. The task before us is to translate this potential into assets,” Aziz told government officials and business leaders at the opening of the World Islamic Economic Forum.
Malaysia, Pakistan sign accord to reduce trade tariffs
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Pakistan on Saturday agreed to remove tariffs on scores of products they trade with each other including fish, fabric, fruit and machines as the first step toward a planned free trade agreement.
The two countries exchanged a list of 239 products that will benefit from the agreement, most of which will be traded with no tariffs. The duties on others will be reduced to 5 per cent.
Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz is in Malaysia to attend an Islamic economic forum. A Malaysian government statement said the Early Harvest Programme, which comes into affect Jan. 1, 2006, will provide "an impetus for an early conclusion" to the negotiations for the bilateral free trade agreement, or FTA.
The frequent exchanges of high-level visits have also resulted in an increased interest of Malaysian companies in Pakistan which are now more actively engaged in various economic activities, particularly in telecom, real-estate, information technology, construction and energy.
THE video images are grainy but the effect is chilling.
A man in a black T-shirt calmly crosses the Raja restaurant in Bali, where friends and family are eating, drinking and chatting away, enjoying a festive Saturday night out.
He walks back toward the kitchen, and then comes the boom of an explosion.
And then there are screams and panic.
Indonesian police showed the footage to reporters yesterday but would not identify the man who shot the video, saying his identity was being kept secret for his own protection.
But the images of one of the three bombings that ripped through Bali, killing at least 26 people and wounding more than 120 in all, provided a glimpse into the work of those who kill themselves in order to kill others.
ANONYMOUS phone text messages warning of more terror attacks have unnerved Bali's expatriate community, with many Australian residents saying they are ready to leave the island.
One of the messages warns of a possible strike in Seminyak, an upmarket area popular with foreign tourists about 3km north of Kuta.
There is no official confirmation that another attack might be planned and unsubstantiated rumours sent via text messages have done the rounds after previous terrorist attacks in Indonesia.
But nobody is taking any chances by ignoring the messages.
Containing spelling and grammatical errors, one message appears to have originated from a non-native English speaker.
I can't believe anyone in their right mind would go to Indonesia on vacation after the bombings, the release of the mastermind, and what happened to that Australian girl with the marijuana conviction.
Originally posted by wecomeinpeace
Amateur video capturing one of the bombings: