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Top wanted Indonesian terrorist suspect captured in Pakistan: sources.

JAKARTA, March 29 Kyodo

Umar Patek, who is on the most wanted list of terrorist suspects of several countries, including Australia and the United States, has been captured in Pakistan, Indonesian police sources said Tuesday.

The sources of the Detachment 88 counterterror police told Kyodo News that Patek, an Indonesian allegedly involved in the 2002 bombings on the resort island of Bali, has been arrested, but refused to give further details.

Philippine and Western intelligence authorities earlier believed Patek had been hiding in the Philippines since 2003 after fleeing from Indonesia to escape arrest for the Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly Western holidaymakers.

Patek sought refuge in the areas controlled by the Abu Sayyaf, an al-Qaida-linked radical group responsible for a series of bombings and kidnappings in the southern Philippines.

Patek, who has a $1 million bounty on his head, is believed to have served as the assistant for Dulmatin, the field coordinator of the Bali bombings, who was killed last year during a shootout with police in the suburbs of Jakarta.

Under the Rewards for Justice program, established in 1983 to fight international terrorism, the U.S. government offers $1 million for information that would lead to Patek's capture.
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Publication:Asian Political News
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Date:Apr 4, 2011
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