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Police Arrest Four More in Bali Probe

November 28, 2002

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ Indonesian police arrested four more suspects in their investigation into last month’s Bali blasts, bringing the total number of those in custody in the case to 19, officers said Thursday.

Only two _ Iman Samudra and Amrozi, who like many Indonesians go by one name _ are believed to have played a direct role in the Oct. 12 attack in which more than 190 people, mostly foreign tourists, were killed.

Police say four others _ Agus, Amin, Rauf alias Sam and Yudi alias Andri Oktavia _ either surveyed the nightclubs that were hit or were accomplices of Samudra and Amrozi. The remaining 13 were detained when weapons or other materials believed linked to the attacks were found in their houses.

Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Edward Aritonang said the latest four arrests took place on Wednesday in Banten province, just west of Jakarta.

The men were detained near a house once occupied by one of the alleged suicide bombers of the Bali nightclubs. Officers found a rifle and several rounds of ammunition in the raid, Aritonang said.

None of the 19 suspects have been charged.

Samudra was arrested last Thursday. Police say he has admitted to planning the bombings.

Samudra’s arrest came more than two weeks after police apprehended Amrozi, who has told police he provided the vehicle used in the attack and bomb-making chemicals.

On Wednesday, police said Samudra had admitted to knowing Riduan Isamuddin, known as Hambali, the alleged operations chief of the al-Qaida-linked Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah.

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