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Monday, 16 December, 2002, 12:24 GMT
Bali bomb-making cache found
Bali beach
The haul comes as the island tries to get tourists to return
Indonesian police have seized one tonne of a bomb making chemical used in the Bali attacks.

Police said they found 40 sacks of potassium chlorate, which is used in fireworks and can be used for making bombs, during a raid on a house in Banjar Wati, East Java.

The house belongs to a friend of Amrozi, under arrest for his part in the attacks, which killed over 180 people.

The latest breakthrough followed an appeal from a senior Indonesian minister for governments around the world to lift their warning against travel to the country in the wake of the 12 October attacks.

The cabinet minister, Laksamana Sukardi, was speaking as Bali staged a music concert on Sunday, part of a new initiative to promote the island as a safe tourist destination.

Bomb warning

Last month, a member of the multinational investigation into the Bali blasts expressed concern that most of the chlorate purchased by the Bali suspects for the attack was still missing.

Indonesian police officers take Bali bombing suspect, Mukhlas (C) alias Ali Ghufron, to the investigation room in Bali
Police hope to bring the Bali suspects to trial in February

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty said at the time, "The indications are that there was about one tonne of chlorate" bought by Amrozi.

A police spokesman in East Java, Sad Harunantyo, said authorities were currently interrogating the owner of the house where the chlorate was found.

"One thing we know for sure is that he is a friend of Amrozi, but he claims that he had no knowledge of the contents of the package," Mr Harunantyo told AFP news agency.

There are at least 15 people under arrest in suspicion of involvement in the Bali attacks.

The chief of the investigation, I Made Mangku Pastika, told the BBC that there were a further five suspects still at large.

He said that he hoped to have the dossiers for each of the arrested suspects completed by the end of the year, and that their trials could begin as early as February.

Restoring Bali

Indonesia is trying to rebuild Bali's shattered reputation as a tourism paradise.

Some of the country's most popular musicians gave their time for free for a concert on Sunday to try to encourage people back to Bali.

The concert was the first in a planned series of events, from boxing to art exhibitions, all organised by a group calling itself Bali for the World.

The aim is to try to rebuild the island, physically and psychologically.

The chairman of Bali for the World, Mr Sukardi, said that without international help Bali was facing an uphill struggle.

In particular, he said, the advice issued by some governments, warning against non-essential travel to Indonesia, should be lifted immediately.

"Travelling everywhere involves some risk. It's universal. So you give some sort of guidance to the travellers. But not promoting Indonesia as a dangerous place. It's a wrong assumption," he said.

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