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Indonesia Arrests Suspect Linked to Marriott Hotel Bombing - 2003-08-15

Indonesian police say they have arrested at least one suspect in connection with the recent bombing of the J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta - but they are providing no details.

Ten days after the bombing of the J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta, Indonesian police say they have arrested a suspect. But they have not said who the suspect is or what role he played in the attack. Twelve people died in the blast. It was the worst terrorist incident in Indonesia since last October's bombing on Bali, which killed 202 people.

Earlier this week police said they had questioned a number of people about the hotel bombing. Officials have said they suspect the attack was done by the same regional terrorist group accused in the Bali bombing - Jemaah Islamiyah. Word of the arrest comes as U.S. officials say they have in custody Riduan Isamuddin, the alleged operational leader of Jemaah Islamiyah. The suspect, who also goes by the name Hambali, was arrested in Thailand earlier this week. The United States has not said where Mr. Hambali is being held. Mr. Hambali is thought to be al-Qaida's chief operative in Southeast Asia.