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Pakistan captures accused plotter in 2002 Bali bombings

Umar Patek's presence in Pakistan raises new questions about ongoing collaboration between Southeast Asian Islamic militants and Al Qaeda.

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Authorities in Pakistan have detained an Indonesian militant accused of playing a key role in the 2002 Bali bombings and seen as a crucial link between Al Qaeda and its Southeast Asian affiliates.

The US had offered a $1 million reward for information leading to Umar Patek's capture and is likely to have sought access to him in Pakistan, both as a potential source of intelligence on Al Qaeda’s current operations as well as Southeast Asia terror plots.

Until recently, Southeast Asian intelligence officials had thought that Mr. Patek, a slight Javanese-Arab also known as “Little Umar,” was hiding out on Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines. His presence in Pakistan raises questions about ongoing collaboration between Southeast Asian militants and Al Qaeda or other Pakistan-based groups.

Patek is also wanted by both Indonesia and the Philippines, where he trained militants and sought haven with extremist groups on Mindanao. On Wednesday, Indonesian police that they were sending a team to Pakistan to follow up on his arrest and may try to bring him home to stand trial.


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