September 11, 2003 |
Imam Samudra, the Muslim extremist who espouses a bitter hatred for Americans and Jews, was sentenced to death Wednesday for coordinating last October's double suicide attack in Bali that killed 202 people. The 33-year-old Samudra, who earlier said he would welcome execution because it would bring him closer to God, nervously stroked his wispy beard as a five-judge panel delivered the sentence. He cried out "Allahu akbar!" -- God is great -- when the verdict was handed down.
October 22, 2002 |
WANASABA, Indonesia -- An identity card found at the scene of a car bombing in Bali more than a week ago leads to a remote village in the middle of rice paddies and coconut groves. Mohammed Fawazi, 20, is said to have lived here in the back of a two-story schoolhouse on the eastern side of Lombok island. He hasn't been seen since the Oct. 12 blast ripped through the heart of a Balinese resort town, killing and wounding hundreds, many of them young Australians.
December 21, 2002 |
The United States said bombings were possible in Indonesia over Christmas and the New Year, and urged Americans there to avoid churches, nightclubs and shopping centers. Since the Oct. 12 Bali bombings that killed at least 191 people, the U.S., Britain and scores of other Western countries have warned citizens not to travel to Indonesia. In 2000, a series of bombs exploded at churches across the country on Christmas Eve, killing 19 people.
August 9, 2009 |
A leading Southeast Asian terrorism suspect reportedly killed in a gun battle with police at a village hide-out was planning a suicide car bomb attack against Indonesia's president, the national police chief said. Police said they could not confirm that the body recovered from the house in central Java was that of Noordin Mohammad Top, a Malaysian, until DNA tests are completed. Noordin is suspected of having masterminded Southeast Asia's worst terrorist attacks, including the 2002 Bali bombings.
February 19, 2008 |
The Philippine military began DNA tests to determine if remains found in a jungle grave are those of an elusive terrorism suspect in the 2002 Bali bombings. A captured militant from the Abu Sayyaf group led government troops to a grave in the province of Tawi Tawi that contained a body bearing gunshot wounds and closely resembling the man known as Dulmatin, officials said. "We are conducting DNA test to confirm if it's really his body," said marine commandant Maj. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino.
August 12, 2003 |
Two skilled bomb makers who allegedly assembled the deadly Bali car bombs last year are likely suspects in the Marriott hotel blast in Jakarta last week that killed 11 people, police said Monday. Azahari bin Husin, a Malaysian university lecturer, and Dulmatin, an Indonesian electronics expert, have evaded a manhunt for the last nine months.