Friday, July 30, 2004

Khaleej Times - Amz questioned in Bali terrorist bombing

Khaleej Times - Online: "Owner of van used in Bali bombing arrested: Report
JAKARTA - Indonesian police said on Wednesday they had arrested a man suspected of owning the Mitsubishi van that exploded with deadly force outside a Bali nightclub last month, the state news agency reported. The man, identified only as Amz, 30, was arrested by a joint team of officers from Bali, Jakarta and East Java, East Java police chief Heru Susanto was quoted by the Antara news agency as saying. 'At this moment that person is being questioned in East Java,' Susanto said.
The man is suspected of being the last owner of the L-300 van believed used in the October 12 blast outside the Sari Club, he said. More than 190 people, many of them foreigners, died in the bombing. Spokesman for the Indonesian police Bali investigation team, Brigadier General Edward Aritonang, declined comment on the report, saying he was still waiting for information from East Java. Australian Federal Police who are mounting a joint investigation say a white Mitsubishi L300 van, with a powerful explosive device located in its mid-section, stopped before the massive blast for a few minutes directly in front of the Sari Club in a drop-off area not normally used for parking.
Susanto said Amz does not resemble any of the faces depicted in police sketches of three Indonesian men wanted in connection with the bombing, according to Antara. Police on Tuesday said they were investigating a man they arrested in the North Sumatran capital of Medan who resembled a suspect sketch. A second man with a similarity to one of the sketches was being interrogated by Jakarta police. Detectives have not formally declared anybody as a suspect in the bombing. -AFP "

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