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Indonesia police widen hotel bombing investigation

Indonesia police widen hotel bombing investigation

Indonesian police on Tuesday widened their investigation into last month's bombing of two Jakarta hotels, naming a suspect who may have served as a courier for al-Qaida to fund the attacks.
Police said Ali Mohammad Abdillah, detained last week, is suspected of helping to provide financing for the bombings of the J.W. Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels on July 17 that killed seven people and wounded more than 50.
"We are still investigating whether al-Qaida or another group abroad funded the bombings," National Police spokesman Maj. Gen. Nanan Sukarna told a news conference.
Police have said they believe al-Qaida financed attacks in Indonesia that have killed more than 240 people, mostly foreign tourists on Bali, since 2002.
Regional police officials in western Java state, where Abdillah was detained, said he was caught with a Saudi passport. But Sukarna said he is not sure of Abdillah's nationality and police are investigating.
Police confiscated cash from Abdillah, but Sukarna declined to give further details.
Sukarna also said Mohamad Jibril Abdurahman, a 30-year-old Indonesian, was wanted for questioning in the bombings.
Six suspects remain at large, including the country's most wanted militant fugitive, Noordin Muhammad Top, who police say likely masterminded the attacks.


Updated : 2020-12-02 05:46 GMT+08:00