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SLUG: 2-306394 Indonesia Blast (L-O)
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DATE=08/12/03

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=INDONESIA BLAST (L-O)

NUMBER=2-306394

BYLINE=PATRICIA NUNAN

DATELINE=JAKARTA

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INTRO: Indonesian police say they have made significant progress in the investigation of last week's bombing at the J-W Marriott hotel in Jakarta, but they have not arrested a suspect. Patricia Nunan reports from Jakarta.

TEXT: Indonesian police say two key suspects in the hotel attack are the men who bought the car that held the bomb detonated at the J-W Marriot hotel.

At a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia's chief of detectives, General Erwin Mapasseng, held up sketches of two young Indonesian men he says bought the used car.

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General Mapasseng says one of the suspects is thin, roughly one-point-68 meters tall, fair-skinned, with average nose and eyes. The general says the man speaks softly, using a Sumatran accent.

At least 11 people died after a car bomb was detonated a week ago at the Marriot in central Jakarta. The luxury hotel was a popular meeting place for Westerners and wealthy Indonesians. Nearly 150 people were injured.

No suspects have been arrested.

Police also released more details about the bomb. The bombers put seven large containers in the back of the car. Three were filled with the explosives T-N-T, R-D-X, Tetril, and sulfur and carbon. The other four contained gasoline and kerosene to add fuel to the blast.

Police have commented that the suspected driver of the car, Asmar Latinsani, might have been a suicide bomber. But General Mapasseng says that has not been confirmed. Mr. Asmar's remains were found at the hotel site.

Within hours of the blast, police remarked on its similarities with the terrorist bombing on the Indonesian island of Bali last October 12th that killed 202 people. Authorities say that attack was the work of the regional terror ring, Jemaah Islamiyah, which is linked to the al-Qaida network.

The bombing of a house owned by the Philippines ambassador in August 2000 is also linked to Jemaah Islamiyah.

Indonesia's defense minister has said that the group was to blame for the Marriot bomb. Police, however, are less certain.

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The general says that although the methods used were similar to the Bali bombing and the bombing of the Philippines ambassador, it does not mean police have decided yet the same group carried out the Marriott bombing.

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Indonesian prosecutors demanded a 15-year prison sentence for Jemaah Islamiyah's alleged spiritual chief, Abu Bakar Bashir. Mr. Bashir is being tried on charges of treason for his alleged part in a series of smaller bombings, and a foiled plan to assassinate President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Mr. Bashir denies the charges. (SIGNED)

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