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Indonesia seeks second man over bomb funds: police

Indonesian police said Tuesday they were seeking a second man suspected of arranging funds for twin suicide bombings against hotels in Jakarta last month.

Indonesian national Muhamad Jibril Abdurahman, alias Muhamad Ricky Ardan bin Mohammad Iqbal, was linked to the network that carried out the attacks on the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels that killed nine people, police said.

"He's suspected of having a role in the overseas funding. The police are not yet able to reveal in detail the source of the financing," national police spokesman Nanan Soekarna told a press conference.

"He's linked to the group behind the Marriott and Ritz bombings."

Muhamad Jibril's addition to the wanted list brings to six the number of suspects being sought by police in connection to the July 17 attacks, including Malaysian alleged mastermind Noordin Mohammed Top Noordin Mohammed Top (born August 11, 1968) aka Noordin Mohammad Top is one of the most wanted men in Asia.

Born in Johor, Malaysia, he is alleged to be one of the key bomb makers for Jemaah Islamiya (JI).

He is an accomplice of detained de·tain  
tr.v. de·tained, de·tain·ing, de·tains
1. To keep from proceeding; delay or retard.

2. To keep in custody or temporary confinement:
 Saudi national Al Khalil Al Kha·lil  

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 Ali, who was arrested last week on suspicion of channeling funds from abroad to pay for the attacks, the spokesman said.

Five other alleged members of the cell have been killed, including the two suicide bombers and the operational planner, police said. Five others have been arrested but one, an Indonesian called Iwan, was subsequently released.

Analysts have said that if the funding for the attacks came from abroad, a likely source would be Al-Qaeda.

Police have not confirmed any connection between the hotel blasts and Saudi-born Osama bin Laden's organisation.

Al-Qaeda has allegedly financed previous suicide attacks in Indonesia including the 2002 Bali bombings Bali bombings can refer to either of two separate incidents on the Indonesian island of Bali:
  • The 2002 Bali bombings
  • The 2005 Bali bombings
 that killed 202 people, and Noordin's first major operation, a 2003 truck bombing of the Jakarta Marriott that killed 12 people.

Noordin, 41, calls himself leader of "Al-Qaeda in the Malay Archipelago Malay Archipelago, great island group of SE Asia, formerly called the East Indies. Lying between the Asian mainland and Australia, and separating the Pacific Ocean from the Indian Ocean, it includes Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, ", a splinter group splinter group
A group, such as a religious sect or political faction, that has broken away from a parent group.

splinter group
 of the Jemaah Islamiyah Noun 1. Jemaah Islamiyah - a clandestine group of southeast Asian terrorists organized in 1993 and trained by al-Qaeda; supports militant Muslims in Indonesia and the Philippines and has cells in Singapore and Malaysia and Indonesia  terror network blamed for the Bali attacks.
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Date:Aug 25, 2009
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