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Two men detained in connection with Bali explosions, police say

Two men have been detained for questioning over the suicide bombings at three crowded restaurants on Indonesia's Bali Island, police said Thursday, though they have not been officially named as suspects.

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Maj. Gen. I Made Mangku Pastika had few details about the men, who were taken in on Sunday and could be held several more days, saying only that they were not Balinese.

Indonesian officials earlier said the near-simultaneous bombings that killed 22 people and wounded more than 104 others apparently were planned by two Malaysians still at large who are believed to be connected to the al-Qaida-linked regional terror group Jemaah Islamiyah.

The organization, terror experts say, has been decimated by a series of arrests since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, but may have formed alliances with other organizations or individuals.

Pastika said Tuesday it was too early to directly blame Azahari and Noordim _ or Jemaah Islamiyah.

"We still do not know that," he told reporters, adding that investigators' first priority was identifying the three bombers, who wore explosives packed with ball bearings and other shrapnel around their waists or in bags over their shoulders, reports the AP.

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
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