Trial starts for militant accused of building Bali bombs

February 13, 2012 08:17

JAKARTA - An Islamic militant captured in the same Pakistan town where US forces killed Osama bin Laden went on trial in Indonesia on Monday accused of making bombs that exploded at Bali nightclubs packed with Australian tourists in 2002, killing 202 people.

Umar Patek, 45, is also accused of mixing chemicals for 13 bombs that detonated in five churches in Jakarta on Christmas Eve, 2000, that killed around 15 people. Security officials say he belonged to the banned Jemaah Islamiah group linked to al-Qaida.

Pakistani authorities caught Patek in January 2011 in the garrison town of Abbottabad where US forces shot dead al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden last May. It is unclear whether the two met.

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