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Indonesia releases 2005 Bali bombing convict

Published on Aug 6, 2014 9:14 PM

JAKARTA (AFP) - An Indonesian bombmaker convicted of helping to orchestrate terror attacks on the resort island of Bali in 2005 which killed 20 people was released on parole Wednesday, an official said.

Muhammad Cholili, 36, was sentenced to 18 years in prison in September 2006 for assisting slain ringleaders Noordin Mohammad Top and Azahari Husin to assemble the explosives used in the blasts.

The attacks on restaurants on October 1, 2005 left 20 people dead and over 100 injured.

Noordin and Azahari were key members of the Al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah extremist network blamed for a string of deadly attacks in Indonesia, including the 2002 Bali bombing which killed 202 people, mostly Western holidaymakers.

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