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Sunday, 24 September, 2000, 07:20 GMT 08:20 UK
Dozens arrested over Jakarta bombings
Bomb blast victim
15 people were killed in the stock exchange attack
Indonesian police have arrested 25 people suspected of carrying out a spate of bombings, including an attack on the Jakarta stock exchange earlier this month that killed 15 people.

The bombings had coincided with stages in the corruption trial against former President Suharto. There is suspicion that the attacks were carried out by opponents of President Abdurrahman Wahid's democratic reforms.

President Suharto is charged with stealing at least $583m in government money to bankroll businesses controlled by his supporters.

Police spokesman Brigadier General Dadang Garnida said that one of those arrested said that he had planned to continue the bombing campaign with an attack on Jakarta's US Embassy.

The arrests came the day after President Wahid installed a new national police chief and ordered the security forces to take quick action to stop the attacks.

"They are suspected of being responsible for all the bombings in Jakarta," the police spokesman said.

He added that all suspects were Indonesian and none were police or military personnel.

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