Bali bombing suspect confirmed dead in police raid

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
March 10, 2010 14:50

Indonesian counterterror authorities won international praise on Wednesday for killing a top-ranked Southeast Asian terrorist wanted for planning the deadly 2002 Bali bombings.

Police also revealed that bomb-making materials were found in one of two raids near Jakarta on Tuesday that killed fugitive Dulmatin and his two bodyguards.

Indonesia's Police Chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri told reporters Wednesday that the bomb was not being prepared for President Barak Obama's visit to Jakarta this month, but declined to elaborate on a potential target.

Dulmatin, a 39-year-old Indonesian trained by al-Qaida in Afghanistan who used one name, was wanted for the suicide bombings that tore through two Bali nightclubs popular with Westerners, killing 202 people in Indonesia's deadliest terrorist attack. He was also blamed for the 2004 truck bombing of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta that killed 11.

Dulmatin had been one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted fugitives and was thought to have fled to the Philippines.


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