10 now sought in Bali probe
Staff and wires
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesian police are looking for at least 10 suspects they believe are linked to last month's Bali nightclub bombings, based on interviews with a suspect already in custody, police sources say.
Bali bombing suspect, Amrozi, has given police several names of others linked to the attack, including his brothers, friends and co-workers, police sources said Sunday.
He was taken into custody last week, along with several other suspects, after police identified him as the owner of a van used in the Bali bombings.
Several of those wanted by police include foreigners, according to intelligence sources.
More than 180 people were killed in the October 12 blasts, many of them Australian tourists.
Amrozi has admitted to police that he knows the leaders of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), a home-grown militant Islamic group with ties to al Qaeda.
JI leader Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, known as a radical Islamic cleric, has already been arrested by Indonesian officials in connection with a series of earlier deadly bombings across the country. He denies any part in the attacks.
Police spokesman Edward Aritonang said, while Amrozi has admitted to knowing Ba'asyir and another JI leader, Riduan Isamuddin -- also known as Hambali -- he has not mentioned their involvement in the Bali attack.
According to Aritonang, Amrozi led police to a house in Bali used to stage the nightclub attack.
Police said they found explosives residue inside.
As the investigation expands, police have taken the owner of a chemical store, Sylvester Tendean, in for questioning in the East Java city of Surabaya.
In June, Amrozi allegedly bought chemicals from the store that police said may have been used in the attack.
Earlier this week, police were questioning neighbors and relatives of Amrozi near his home of Lamongan in East Java.
Amrozi could face the death penalty if he is charged with Indonesia's new terror laws, but the government has not decided how they will prosecute him.
Police earlier confirmed that Amrozi had travelled to Afghanistan before the October 12 blasts.
Aritonang told reporters on the island of Bali Saturday that 40-year-old Indonesian Amrozi had also been to Malaysia and Thailand.(Profile of Amrozi)
"His admission of going to Thailand, Malaysia and several other places including Afghanistan has become a major question for the police. What was this for?" Aritonang said.
"That is what we are looking at, was Amrozi from a group that trained in Afghanistan?"
Aritonang did not say when Amrozi went to Afghanistan, but militant Muslims from Southeast Asia are believed to have trained in al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan before a U.S.-led campaign ousted the nation's hardline Taliban rulers late last year.
The arrest of Amrozi, has been the biggest breakthrough in the inquiry into bombings
Indonesian defense minister Matori Abdul Djalil told reporters on Friday that Amrozi was part of JI and that al Qaeda was behind the attacks.
"Yes, I am convinced. This is not because of that confession but I see a number of things which have been conveyed by the police that they have found with Amrozi," Djalil said.
Djalil did not say what the police had found with the suspect.
Al Qaeda admission
Last week, al Qaeda said on its Web site that it was behind the Bali blasts.
The group said it had targeted "nightclubs and whorehouses in Indonesia" in a Web site message which also boasted of its aim to hit inside Arab and Islamic countries which are part of a "Jewish-Crusader" alliance.
The posting was placed on the al Neda Web site, which has been used in the past by al Qaeda to claim responsibility for attacks, including the synagogue fire in Tunisia in which mainly German tourists died, and strikes on two ships in Yemen. The Web site's address has been moved repeatedly. (Al Qaeda admits to blasts)
Meanwhile, Associated Press reports that members of Jemaah Islamiyah met in Thailand earlier this year and agreed to target tourist venues like the Bali nightclubs, two security experts said Friday.
Zachary Abuza, a security analyst who has written extensively on al Qaeda, said the meeting was convened by Hambali -- who is said to be the operations chief of Jemaah Islamiyah.
"One Jemaah Islamiyah member I interviewed said that Hambali was very angry about the arrest of Jemaah Islamiyah members in Singapore and Malaysia," he said.
"Instead of going after symbolic hard targets like U.S. embassies, he authorized members to go after soft targets such as tourist spots." (More on the Thailand meeting)
Investigators say Amrozi was tracked down using wreckage of the vehicle recovered from the blast scene, which led to him being revealed as the owner of the minivan.
-- CNN's Atika Shubert contributed to this report