Bali Bomber Arrested
Suspected terrorist Umar Patek, one of the alleged main perpetrators of the 2002 Bali, Indonesia, bombing, has reportedly been arrested in Pakistan.
Intelligence officers in Indonesia and the Philippines, citing their U.S. counterparts, have claimed that Patek, believed to be a member of al-Qaida linked Jemaah Islamiyah, was arrested on March 2. Patek is wanted in the United States, Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, where he is believed to have once acted as field commander at a terrorist training camp. He is suspected of leading the 2002 bombing on the island of Bali, a popular Asian vacation destination among Westerners. The attack killed 202 people, including 88 Australians and seven Americans. The U.S. has put a $1-million bounty on Patek’s head.
Patek’s arrest, if confirmed, comes about a year since his close associate, Dulmatin, was killed in an encounter with Indonesia’s special counter-terrorism unit. Dulmatin was believed to be the one who made the bombs used in the Bali attack.