A severed head found at the scene of a hotel bombing in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, has been identified as that of a member of an Islamic militant group, police have said.
Two men in prison recognised the man from the reconstruction
The head of Asmar Latinsani, 28, from West Sumatra, was identified by two jailed members of the Jemaah Islamiah group who said they had recruited him.
The police statements appeared to back up speculation that the car bomb, which exploded outside the Marriott Hotel on Tuesday and left at least 10 people dead, was a suicide attack.
Jemaah Islamiah, which has been accused of carrying out last year's bomb attacks on the island of Bali, is now the prime suspect behind the Jakarta blast, police said.
On Thursday, an Islamic militant was sentenced to death for the role he played in the Bali bomb.
However Amrozi's lawyers revealed on Friday that he is to appeal against the conviction.
Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri, making her first public comments since the hotel blast, warned that no government can defeat terrorism on its own.
She told diplomats from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) that it needed to become a fully-fledged security community.
"This does not mean a defence or military alliance, but a more comprehensive political
cooperation in which they share responsibility in
responding to threats to regional harmony and security," she said.
The sketch of the severed head was also recognised by one of the man's relatives, according to Indonesia's chief of detectives Erwin Mappaseng.
Mr Mappaseng named the two JI members as Sardono Siliwangi and Mohammad Rais who were arrested in June.
"They identified the face on the
severed head as Asmar, based on a scar on his left temple," he said.
"The two Jemaah Islamiah members recruited Asmar Latinsani."
But Mr Mappaseng did not say if Asmar was believed to be the driver of
the van which blew up outside the hotel in what authorities suspect was a
JI was formed in the mid-1980s by two Indonesian clerics.
It gained a terrorist edge in the mid-1990s when one of its founders, the late Abdullah Sungkar, established contact with Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network.
Since then the organisation has spread to include cells in countries across South-East Asia.
Its principal goal is the establishment of a unified South East Asian Islamic state stretching from southern Thailand, through the Malay Peninsula, including Singapore and across the Indonesian archipelago, and into the southern Philippines.
After the Jakarta bombing, Indonesian police also said that documents found in the possession of JI members arrested last month indicated an attack in the area around the hotel was imminent.
The explosives and methods used to bomb the luxury hotel were similar to those used in the Bali bombing last year, police have said.
Investigators sifting through debris for clues about the blast said a similar cocktail of high and low grade explosives were used in Bali.
Security has been tight in Indonesia since the Bali bombings, which killed 202 people, and authorities have warned of similar threats.
Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has warned that new intelligence indicates there could be more terrorist attacks in the city and Indonesia as a whole in coming days.
"We think there is a real risk that there could be
further attacks," he said earlier this week.
Eighty-eight of the 202 people who died in the Bali bomb were Australian.
"We have particular concerns at the moment about central Jakarta and also other places in Indonesia," Mr Downer said.
Urging its citizens to exercise caution, the Australian Government has re-issued its travel warning against all non-essential travel to Indonesia.