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Two More Arrested in Bali Probe

November 11, 2002

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TENGGULUN, Indonesia (AP) _ Indonesian police have arrested two more men in connection with the Bali bombing, one of whom officers suspect stored explosives and weapons for a suspect already in custody, police and witnesses said Monday.

Officers raided a house early Monday in Tenggulun village and seized a former forest ranger identified only as Komarudin while he was asleep, said a detective who asked not to be named.

Nothing incriminating was found at the house, but police suspect the man helped the prime suspect already in custody, who has been identifed only as Amrozi.

``We suspect he stored Amrozi’s weapons and explosives at his house,″ the detective said.

Amrozi, arrested last week in Tenggulun, has admitted owning a minivan that was packed with explosives and blew up outside a packed nightclub on Bali on Oct. 12, killing nearly 200 people, mostly foreign tourists.

Police have raided dozens of homes in Tenggulun after they traced the vehicle used in the blast to the poverty-stricken village on Java island.

Late Sunday night, officers arrested a man identified as Tafsir in the village, witnesses said. An officer who asked not to be named said the suspect was believed to be Amrozi’s driver. The officer did not elaborate, and it was unclear whether Tafsir had driven the vehicle used in the bombings. Many Indonesians use only one name.

Police are searching for a link between Amrozi and Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked terror group whose alleged aim is to create a pan-Islamic state in Southeast Asia.

Foreign intelligence officials and some Indonesian officials have accused the group of masterminding the Bali bombing, the worst terror attack since the Sept. 11 attacks last year.

Indonesian police officials have said Indonesians trained in Afghanistan or Libya were likely behind the bombing, citing the planning and expertise that were required.

Maj. Gen. I Made Mangku Pastika, the top investigator in the case, was not immediately available for comment on the latest arrests.

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