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Indonesian Terrorists Selling Phone Cards to Raise Funds

Indonesian police say Islamic militants in the country are running short of funds and are selling pre-paid phone cards to raise cash for operations.

National police chief General Sutanto says sources in Saudi Arabia had been getting money to the militants using a courier network, but that was broken up last year.

With money running out, police say the militants are earning as much as $500 a day selling phone cards.

Police have said that the fact that the most recent terrorist attacks in Indonesia used small bombs carried in backpacks instead of larger car bombs was a sign the attackers were low on funds.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.