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Police break up Muslim militant suicide squad

JAKARTA (AP): Six Muslim militants arrested last month in Indonesia were members of a suicide squad that was awaiting attack orders from leaders of the Jamaah Islamiyah (JI) terror group, a top security official told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

Police recovered letters in a house rented by the men in which they told their families they intended to blow themselves in attacks on unspecified targets, said Ansyaad Mbai, the top anti-terror official at the security ministry.

"They were awaiting orders from their bosses, Azahari bin Husin and Noordin Mohammed Top," Mbai said, referring to two alleged leaders of the al-Qaida-linked JI who remain free. "This shows that terrorism remains a threat in Indonesia."

The six suspects were arrested June 30 in a house in Sukoharjo on Indonesia's main island of Java, some 400 kilometers east of Jakarta. They are being held on Bali island.

Police have said the men also played a role in the Oct. 12, 2002, Bali bombings and the Aug. 5, 2003, attack on the J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta. Both attacks were blamed on JI. (*)


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