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Aussie cops quiz Hyderabad man for Bali blasts

Aussie cops quiz Hyderabad man for Bali blasts

Author: IANS
Publication: Sify News
Date: April 12, 2007
URL: http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14429170

An Australian police team had visited the city to question a person in connection with bomb blasts in Indonesia's Bali island in 2002 that killed 202 people, including 90 Australians.

Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police M A Basith confirmed the visit of a two-member team of counter intelligence wing of the Australian police. He, however, told newsmen that there was no evidence of Hyderabad's links to the blasts.

Basith refused to reveal details like the identity of the person questioned by the team.

The visit by Australian officials, who returned on Wednesday after a three-day stay, had been kept under wraps.

Crime Investigation Department (CID) officials said Australian officials approached them through Interpol but did not share details of investigations with them.

The team reportedly questioned one Muslim in the city but police here said they did not know how the man was connected to the blasts. He is believed to be a witness in the case and his identity is being kept a secret.

The visit by Australian officials sparked speculations about the possible connection of Hyderabad-based people to Bali blasts.

Indonesian cleric and leader of Jemaah Islamia Abu Bakar Bashir allegedly masterminded the blasts in a nightclub. In 2005, he was sentenced to 30 months in jail.

The visit by the Australian team came at a time when police were on alert following intelligence inputs that terrorists might target police officials or leaders of right-wing Hindu groups.

On April 1, a suspected agent of ISI Maqsood Ahmed was arrested here following intelligence reports that a group of four terrorists were in the city with plans to unleash violence.

Police sources said he was allegedly trying to recruit youths for ISI activities.

Security agencies consider Hyderabad and surrounding towns as hub of ISI operatives.

One policeman was killed and another injured when a Bangladeshi suicide bomber blew himself up in the headquarters of the city task force, a police wing, at Begumpet in the heart of the city on October 12, 2005.

The blast had occurred a stone's throw from Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's official residence.

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