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Indonesian police arrest top suspect in Bali bombing

The alleged organizer of last month's deadly Bali bombing was arrested Thursday on a public bus as it was about to board a ferry for the island of Sumatra.

The arrest in West Java is a major breakthrough for Indonesian police, who identified suspect Imam Samudra on Sunday as the "field commander" of the Oct. 12 attack that killed 191 people, mostly foreign tourists. Seven Americans were among the dead.

"He has already confessed," said Gen. I Made MAngku Pastika, who is heading the investigation.

Samudra, 35, who has used many aliases, was also wanted for his role in a string of other bombings in Indonesia, including church bombings on Christmas Eve 2000 that killed 19 people.

Authorities think Samudra could provide information about Jemaah Islamiyah, a regional terrorist network associated with al-Qaida that allegedly is behind a two-year wave of bombings and killings extending from Bali to the Philippines to Malaysia.

Samudra surrendered without a struggle when police stopped the bus at 5:30 p.m., just before it boarded the ferry in the bustling West Java port of Merak, about 600 miles from the bomb site in Bali.

"There was no resistance," said police chief Dai Bachtiar. "There was no weapon."

Bachtiar said officers had begun closing in on Samudra earlier this week when they arrested two of his guards near his hometown of Serang, about 30 miles from the port. The two men, identified as Rauf and Yudi, led police to Samudra.

Indonesian media reported that Rauf was a computer expert who also was involved in the Bali bombing. They said police tracked Samudra to West Java by tracing a cell phone number he used.

Police say Samudra learned how to make bombs in Afghanistan during the late 1980s or the 1990s. He also spent many years in Malaysia, including time at an Islamic school in the city of Johor Bahru that was a meeting point for Indonesian extremists.

Man convicted in anthrax hoax

WASHINGTON _ A U.S. Capitol Police officer was found guilty Thursday of making false statements in connection with an anthrax hoax.

A U.S. District Court jury also found James Picket, 36, innocent on a related charge of obstructing Capitol Police.

According to court documents, Picket poured two packets of sugar substitute on a police post desk in the basement of a House office building. He allegedly left a note reading "Please inhale. Yes this could be? Call your doctor for flu symptoms. This is a Capitol Police training exercise! I hope you pass!"

Picket later told his supervisor it was a joke. He faces up to five years in prison.

Rocket hits Kabul neighborhood

KABUL, Afghanistan _ A rocket fired by unidentified attackers Thursday slammed into a northeastern neighborhood of Kabul about a mile from the U.S. Embassy. There were no injuries.

The rocket was fired from an area southeast of the city, District Police Chief Abdul Ruof Taj said. The rocket struck the top of a rusted, iron bus stop.

"We're trying to find out who was behind this attack," Taj said.

Kabul has been on edge since a Sept. 5 car bomb killed 30 people and injured more than 150 on a crowded street. A half-dozen other bombs have been detonated in the capital since August, but few have caused serious damage.

Authorities have blamed capital attacks on former Taliban members and loyalists of renegade rebel commander Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

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