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Two Bali Bombing Suspects Arrested

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Two Bali bombing suspects arrested


JAKARTA, Indonesia, Nov. 5 — Police have arrested two men suspected in the Bali bomb blast that killed almost 200 people last month, the national police chief said Tuesday.

ONE MAN WAS arrested in the capital Jakarta on Tuesday, Gen. Da’i Bachtiar told lawmakers. Officials announced earlier Tuesday that a second man, identified only as 28-year-old Zulfan, was picked up on the island of Sumatra Monday for using a fake identity card.

Bachtiar said the man arrested Tuesday had a prior criminal conviction and resembled one of three composite sketches based on witness accounts following the Oct. 12 blasts in Bali.

National police spokesman Col. Prasetyo said Zulfan also matched one of the sketches.

The arrests comes several days after police released the sketches and launched a nationwide manhunt for the bombers. Police said the sketches had produced at least 10 promising leads, and said the probe into the Oct. 12 attacks was making progress.

Brig. Gen. Edward Aritonang said investigators had determined the identities of three suspects in the bombings. He refused to release any names.

It was not immediately clear whether Zulfan was one of the them. On Thursday, police arrested another man because he resembled one of the sketches, but released him Saturday.

Aritonang said investigators know “the whereabouts of the three suspects, where they visited recently and the people with whom they had contact.”

“Therefore the team is confident that we will resolve this case,” Aritonang said. “But we need time and have to be careful because we are dealing with a professional group that is monitoring the pursuit.”

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the blasts, authorities have blamed regional terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah.

Meanwhile, about 300 demonstrators rallied outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta to protest against police raids in Australia on Indonesians suspected of having links to Jemaah Islamiyah.

Most of the people killed in the Bali bombing were young Australian tourists.

It was the largest protest at the mission since 1999, when Australia led a peacekeeping mission that ended Indonesian rule in East Timor.

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