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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 August, 2003, 11:51 GMT 12:51 UK
Jakarta bombing suspects named
Jakarta bomb blast scene
The Marriott attack killed 12 people
Indonesian police have named five suspects wanted in connection with the bombing of an international hotel in Jakarta two weeks ago.

The list includes two Malaysians who are also key suspects in the investigation into the Bali bombings last October, which killed 202 people.

Another 10 men are being held in detention for questioning over the 5 August Marriott hotel attack, which killed 12 people and wounded 150.

Police also said they were investigating reports that top South East Asian terror suspect Hambali, who was arrested last week, transferred $45,000 to a Malaysian citizen as recently as June.

Marriott Hotel, Jakarta

Hambali is believed to be the operations chief for the regional militant group Jemaah Islamiah. JI is suspected by police of carrying out both the Bali and Marriott attacks.

The Malaysian suspects identified on Tuesday are Dr Azahari, who police believe put together the bombs used in both the Jakarta and Bali attacks, and Noordin Mohd Top, the alleged commander of the Marriott plot.

Police said they were also looking for three Indonesians, two of whom bought the van used to transport the Marriott bomb.

Of the 10 suspects currently being questioned, police said six were arrested in Sumatra in May - before the Marriott bombing - and have only subsequently become suspects.

The other four have been detained since the attack but are only thought to have stored the explosives.

The clarification of the suspects ends days of confusing, sometimes contradictory, information about the investigation into the attack, says the BBC correspondent in Jakarta, Rachel Harvey.

It had earlier been reported that a 28-year-old man who died in the bomb, identified by police as Asmar Latin Sani, was believed to have carried out a suicide attack on the hotel.

But police say they cannot confirm that it was a suicide bombing, our correspondent says.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian authorities have said they are planning to send a special team to interrogate Hambali at the undisclosed location where he is being held.

He was arrested in Thailand last week and is thought to be in US custody.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda repeated Jakarta's view on Monday that Hambali should be tried in Indonesia.

The BBC's Rachel Harvey
"A special team will be sent to Indonesia to question Hambali"

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