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Ex-Indonesian president links police, military to 2002 Bali bombings
10.12.2005, 07:40 AM

SYDNEY (AFX) - Indonesia's former president Abdurrahman Wahid has said his nation's police or military officers may have been involved in the 2002 Bali bombings which killed 202 people.

As Australia marked the third anniversary of the nightclub attacks in which 88 Australians died, Wahid told SBS television's Dateline that he fears there are links between Indonesian authorities and terror groups.

On the program, which is due to air later today, he said that while terrorists were responsible for the first bomb which went off on Oct 12, 2002, the second blast may have been organised by the authorities.

Asked who had planted the second bomb, he said: 'Maybe the police... or the armed forces.'

He added: 'The orders to do this or that came from within our armed forces not from the fundamentalist people.'

The 2002 bombings on the Indonesian resort island have been blamed on the Islamic group, Jemaah Islamiyah.

Jemaah Islamiyah has also been fingered as being behind the latest Bali bombings which killed 20 people, plus three suicide bombers, on Oct 1.

Wahid was sacked as president by the national assembly in July 2001 for unproven allegations of corruption and incompetence.

He was replaced by his vice president, Megawati Sukarnoputri who has since been replaced by former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

The 64-year-old Wahid is practically blind, diabetic and has suffered strokes.

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