01 Apr '11, 1am

Australia warns Bali bomb arrest could spark attacks

Australia warns Bali bomb arrest could spark attacks

SYDNEY: Australia warned on Friday the arrest in Pakistan of an alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings could spark revenge attacks against Westerners in Indonesia. Officials announced on Wednesday that a man thought to be Umar Patek, one of the most wanted Islamic extremists in Southeast Asia, was in Pakistani custody. Patek, who had a $1 million bounty on his head, was the alleged field coordinator for the massive Bali nightclub attacks that killed more than 200 people, almost 90 of them Australians. In updated advice, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said on its website that Australians should reconsider travel to Indonesia, particularly Bali. "Information in March 2011 indicates that terrorists may be planning attacks in Indonesia, which could take place at any time," it said, without specifying what the new information was or where it came from...

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