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Pakistan confirms arrest of Bali bomb suspect

March 30, 2011

In this undated poster released by Philippine National Police and the US Rewards For Justice Program, shows Umar Patek. Intelligence sources say top Indonesian terror suspect Umar Patek has been arrested in Pakistan.—AP

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani security official said Wednesday that Umar Patek, an alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombing, has been arrested by Pakistani security agencies.

The official would not say when and where he was arrested.

“Yes it is confirmed we have arrested him, he is in Pakistan,” the official told AFP.

Asked if he was linked to any militant group in Pakistan he said they were investigating.

“Right now he is being interrogated,” the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.

Indonesian security officials will be given access to him, he added. “The Indonesians want access to him and they are coming,” he said.

Patek, who has a $1million bounty on his head, was the alleged field coordinator for the attacks on night clubs on Bali, which placed mainly Muslim Indonesia on the front lines of the global battle against militancy.