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Terror suspect says he opposed Bali bombings

October 12, 2011

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JAKARTA, Indonesia—An Indonesian militant accused of making the explosives used in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people claims he opposed the nightclub attacks.

Umar Patek was captured on Jan. 25 in Abbottabad, the same town in Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was killed months later. He was returned home to stand trial.

Patek told The Jakarta Globe on Wednesday his role in the bombings has been overplayed.

Patek said he told the mastermind of the attack, Imam Samudra, it made more sense to wage holy war in Pakistan, where Muslims were under direct attack.

He said the plans were already in the final stages and there was "no way" to call them off.

Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim nation, has been hit by a string of terrorist attacks since 2002.

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