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Indonesia police find bomb-making chemicals

New cache of bomb-making chemicals has been discovered as part of ongoing investigations into the July 17 suicide attacks against luxury hotels in Jakarta, Indonesian police said on Thursday.

world Updated: Aug 13, 2009 15:44 IST

New cache of bomb-making chemicals has been discovered as part of ongoing investigations into the July 17 suicide attacks against luxury hotels in Jakarta, Indonesian police said on Thursday.

Police spokesman Sulistyo Ishak said the chemicals were found on Friday in a rented warehouse in Bogor, West Java, and could be linked to the terror network of Malaysian extremist Noordin Mohammed Top.

"The materials are being investigated by Detachment 88 counter-terrorism police to find out whether they're similar to those used by Noordin Top's network," he told AFP.

"We can't tell you now what they were going to use this for, such as where and which target."

He said the identity of the man who rented the warehouse on a short-term basis was unknown, but local residents who tipped off police said he bore a resemblance to one of Noordin's accomplices. "Some said he looked like one of the group members," Ishak said.

The suicide blasts at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels killed seven people, mainly foreigners, and have been blamed on the Noordin network.

The alleged terror financier and recruiter leads an offshoot of the Jemaah Islamiyah regional extremist organisation and is accused of masterminding a series of attacks in Indonesia since 2003 which have killed around 50 people.