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    March 30, 2011 -- One of Indonesia's top terror suspects, wanted in connection with the 2002 Bali bombing, has been captured in Pakistan, reports say. Umar Patek, a suspected member of the militant group Jemaah Islamiah (JI), was detained earlier this year, local and foreign intelligence sources say. Jakarta is sending a team of police officers to confirm his identity.

    The 2002 attacks on nightclubs in the Indonesian tourist hub left 202 people dead, many of them foreigners. The U.S., which lost seven nationals in the attack, was offering a $1 million (£625,000) reward for his arrest. Umar Patek is the only major suspect for the attack who has not been killed or arrested, says the BBC's Kate McGeown in Jakarta. As well as the Bali bombings, he is alleged to have been involved in at least three other attacks in Indonesia - and to have links with militant groups in the southern Philippines and al-Qaeda members in other parts of Asia, our correspondent says. There are no details about where or how the arrest was made, nor what he was doing in Pakistan.

    Sidney Jones of the International Crisis Group told the BBC that his arrest could yield important information. "Umar Patek is critical to understanding the terrorist networks in South East Asia. And because he appears to have been arrested in Pakistan, he's also going to be critical to understanding the networks between South Asia and South East Asia," she said. "He's in a position to know more than almost anyone else in the region exactly what the strengths, networks, contacts, finances and so on of each of these groups is."

    Jemaah Islamiah (JI), which has links to al-Qaeda, has a long track record of bomb attacks in Indonesia. A suicide bomb attack in July 2009 targeted two luxury hotels, killing seven people. JI's goal is the establishment of an Islamic state in Indonesia and in other parts of South East Asia.

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    April 1, 2011 -- Terrorism Observers from the State Intelligence Academy in Jakarta, Mardigu, suspected that Umar Patek who is a known as a mentor or teacher of the deceased terrorist leader Noordin M. Top was trying to enter Afghanistan through Pakistani territory when caught by the Pakistani Police. Mardigu said that in addition to Hambali, Umar Patek, who has an Arab blood line, was an Indonesian citizen who is known to be close to al-Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden. Umar Patek is a known international terrorist and a fugitive in at least three countries, Indonesia, the U.S. and the Philippines.

    According Mardigu, Umar Patek roles was very big in various terrorist acts in Indonesia. “We see that in the Bali bombing one and two, he was very instrumental as a field commander. He coordinates and so forth, including the provision of explosive materials and other things. Very, very important, he was the teacher of Noordin (M. Top). Umar Patek is not new or a foreigner in Pakistan. He is part of an international network, he is a man of Al-Qaeda. The suspected terrorist leader Umar Patek alias Umar alias Abdul Ghoni Arab was reportedly captured in Pakistan. He was allegedly planning terrorist attacks to commemorate the 10 years anniversary of the 11 September 2011 attacks with other Al-Qaeda leaders.

    Head of Public Relations Division of Police Headquarters, Inspector General Anton Bahrul Alam said the Indonesian Police have sent a joint team to Pakistan to ensure the validity of the Umar Patek arrest information. According to Anton, the team will conduct a physical check of Umar Patek. If they can confirm that the man arrested was indeed Umar Patek, the Indonesian police will need to make sure whether he had committed crimes under Pakistani laws. “We need to first check the validity of the information,” said Anton. “For that we would send people over there to make sure that it really is Umar Patek. If so, we will see if he has committed any crime in that country.” If Umar Patek had been involved in criminal cases in Pakistan, he added, it will be very difficult to extradite him to Indonesia. Umar Patek is suspected as an alumnus of the Afghan force from the 1990s. He is rumored to have once joined the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mindanao in 1995.

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      ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan, April 14, 2011 (AP) — A hailstorm was lashing this Pakistani hill town when Abdul Hameed's son came to his room with an unusual request: He had come across a foreign couple, cold and shivering in the street, and could he give them food and shelter for a few days? Hameed had spare rooms on the second-floor that he occasionally let out since his older children had left home. His wife urged him to let the couple stay. "They were human beings in need, what else could I say?" said the retired accountant. The couple were mysterious, never leaving their room upstairs, Hameed said, not even to go to the house's sheltered courtyard with its views over pine-clad hills. Hameed's youngest daughter left the guests a tray of food three times a day only to return to find it barely touched, he said. Around nine days later, the identity of the male guest became clear, when a squad of heavily armed Pakistani intelligence agents raided the home. "Keep your mouth shut and your hands up", they told Hameed and his family as they went room to room and then up the stairs. Two shots rang out, and minutes later they hauled the man, bleeding, out the building.

      The run of good luck had ended for Umar Patek, an al-Qaida-linked Indonesian militant who for 10 years had been on the run from a $1 million American bounty on his head, for allegedly helping build the bombs used in the 2002 bombings of nightclubs in Bali that killed 202 people. Pakistani officials had kept Patek's detention on January 25 secret until two weeks ago, when the Associated Press first revealed word of it. But until now, where or how one of the biggest terror arrests under the Obama administration went down was not publicly known. The details highlight how Pakistan continues to be a draw for Islamic militants from around the world despite the risks of traveling here. His case also illustrates the durability of the wide-ranging international connections among militants. Patek had intended to travel along with two French militants to North Waziristan, the Afghan border region where al-Qaida's top command is based, according to a Pakistani intelligence official briefed on the 40-hour operation. Many of the terrorist plots against the West over the past decade have originated from the territory. The two French militants were also arrested, separately from Patek, the official said. A French counterterrorism official on Thursday confirmed the arrests of the two. He could not verify the other details, but said he would be "surprised" if either had links to Patek.

      Patek, who trained with al-Qaida in Pakistan before the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, was able to remain plugged into transnational terror networks despite being one of the world's most wanted militants. Southeast Asian authorities had said he was hiding out in the southern Philippines for much of the last 10 years, fighting and training with an allied insurgent army. Indonesian and Filipino security officials said Patek left the southern Philippines in late May last year before traveling to the Middle East. One official said he was believed to have attended a meeting of Southeast Asian and Mideast militants in the holy city of Mecca.

      Patek, a slightly built 40-year-old, is now believed to be in a Pakistani army hospital being treated for bullet wounds to his legs, according to Indonesian officials. Hameed said Patek looked like "a slaughtered chicken" when he was brought down from the upstairs room, but the seriousness of his injuries has not been revealed. There were two bullet holes in the room, one in the window and one in the ceiling. But Hameed said there was considerable blood in the room's en-suite bathroom and outside the door. Pakistani officials have not said whether Patek was armed. There has been no word on the whereabouts of his wife, who has been described as either Indonesian or Filipino. Questions also remain over his fate, and there are signs he may be caught up in tensions between Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence agency and the CIA, which have previously cooperated during terror arrests and would like access to him. Islamabad has said it will not hand Patek over to the CIA and that he will be sent to Indonesia. But officials in Jakarta don't appear that keen to have him, and have expressed doubts whether they could make charges stick against him for his alleged role in the Bali attacks.

      Abbottabad is in northwest Pakistan, one of the first towns on the famed Karakoram Highway that leads to the Himalayas and China and less then a day's drive from the Afghan border. During the era of British rule, it was a major garrison town and it remains so today, with Pakistani troops now occupying the barracks built and lived in by the region's former rulers. Officials did not say how or why Patek ended up there, but his arrest followed the detention of an alleged al-Qaida facilitator in the town called Tahir Shehzad, who worked as a clerk at the town's post office, a squat building just across the road from the British-era St. Luke's Church. Tahir had been under surveillance since last year when he was spotted in Abbottabad with an Arab terror suspect, said the intelligence official, who like all Pakistani spies is not permitted to give his name. When he left town on January 23, agents followed him to Lahore, Pakistan, where he was arrested with the two French militants, whom he had picked up from the international airport there. They were "French al-Qaida" operatives, one of Pakistani origin, the other described as a white Muslim convert, the official said. "Patek and the French had plans to travel to North Waziristan," the official said. Shehzad led officers to Hameed's house. Patek and his wife arrived in Pakistan around five months ago traveling on forged Pakistani visas, the official said, but he did not disclose if the agency knew where they had been staying before Abbottabad.

      Patek was once a leading member of Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian militant network whose core was made up veterans of the "jihad" against Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Most of the top leadership and many foot soldiers have been arrested or killed since 2002 in a widely praised, U.S- assisted crackdown. Patek was perhaps the last of his generation on the run. His travels are similar in some ways to that of Muhammad Jibriel, an Indonesian currently serving time in Jakarta over hotel bombings in 2009. Jibriel, whose father was also in the Afghan "jihad", was found guilty of obtaining funding for the bombings while visiting Saudi Arabia in 2008. By his own admission, he also traveled to North Waziristan before his arrest.

      Hameed's son, Kashif, was arrested alongside Patek, and Hameed has not heard anything of him since. The ISI frequently detain people for months, if not years, without informing their relatives, much less charge them with any crime or present evidence of wrongdoing. Answerable to no one, the institution is feared by many Pakistanis. Hameed maintains that his son, a telecommunications student in a college in Abbottabad, was innocent and had no militant links. "He was not a terrorist, he was just a boy, a nothing, a baby," he said as he shuffled to the door with his visitors, a pair of pink "Croc" sandals on his feet. "Those two people trapped my son and my family. What can I expect now? What can I expect now?"

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        ABBOTTABAD, May 2, 2011: Three loud blasts were heard near the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul Road late Sunday night and a military helicopter also crashed. Sources told Geo News that heavy firing was heard in the area before the chopper crashed. Windowpanes of the nearby buildings and houses were smashed due to the intensity of the blasts, the sources said. Eyewitnesses said first sound of heavy firing was heard and then there was a huge blast. Fire erupted at the scene of the occurrence and according to latest reports police and fire brigade teams were rushing towards the blast scene. Security forces cordoned off the entire area and military helicopters were also hovering over the area.

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          May 2, 2011 -- Osama bin Laden, the criminal mastermind behind al-Qaida and the world's most sought-after terrorist since the attacks of 11 September 2001, has been killed by a U.S. operation, President Barack Obama will announce late on Sunday night. Osama's body is in possession of the U.S., having been killed in Pakistan as the result of a U.S. special forces and CIA operation, according to the first leaks of reporting from the U.S. television networks. President Obama is to make a highly unusual Sunday night live statement to announce the news, around 11pm eastern time. The news comes eight years to the day that President George Bush declared "Mission accomplished" in Iraq – but it is now the unlikely figure of Barack Obama is the commander in chief who announces the final triumph over the focus of so much international attention. This is a turning point in the global "war on terrorism" that has been waged since 9/11 – and the news will reverberate around the world.

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            ISLAMABAD, May 2, 2011 (Xinhua) -- A Pakistani army helicopter was feared shot down in northern Pakistan early Monday morning, causing at least one dead and two injured, local media reported. According to local Urdu TV channel Geo, the incident took place at about 1:20 a.m. local time in a hilly area of Abbotabad, a small town lying some 60 kilometers north of the country's capital city Islamabad. The report quoted eyewitnesses as saying that heavy firings were heard before the helicopter fell down. It is not known how many people were aboard the plane which is reportedly capable of carrying eight to 10 persons. One local Urdu TV channel Ary reported that at least one person was killed and another two were injured in the crash. A rescue team has rushed to the site shortly after the crash was reported. Local media quoted eyewitnesses as saying that there were at least two army helicopters flying low over the area when one of them crashed into the lawn of a farmer's house. At least two houses were reportedly engulfed by the huge fire caused by the crashed chopper. The place where the helicopter crashed is near a Pakistani Military Academy, said the local media reports. Other details about the incident are not immediately available at this point as the helicopter crashed in a mountainous area in the small hours of Monday.

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              May 2, 2011 -- Al-Qaeda founder and leader Osama Bin Laden is dead, according to U.S. media reports citing officials. The U.S. is in possession of Bin Laden's body, the reports say. President Barack Obama is due to make a statement shortly. Mr Bin Laden is top of the U.S. most wanted list. He is accused of being behind a number of atrocities, including the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001.

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                Lundi 2 Mai 2011 -- Selon CNN et MSNBC, Osama bin Laden serait mort. Le président des États-Unis Barack Obama va s'adresser * ses compatriotes dimanche, a annoncé la Maison Blanche, sans donner dans l'immédiat la raison de cette intervention-surprise. Le président «va s'adresser * la nation ce soir * 22H30, heure de la côte Est», a indiqué le directeur de la communication de la Maison Blanche, Dan Pfeiffer, sur son compte Twitter. Des responsables de la présidence n'ont pas donné davantage de détails dans l'immédiat sur le sujet de cette allocution extrêmement inhabituelle.

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                  واشنطن (رويترز) - اعلن مسؤولون أمريكيون في ساعة مبكرة من صباح يوم الاثنين ان اسامة بن لادن زعيم تنظيم القاعدة مات وان السلطات الامريكية انتشلت جثته.

                  ومن المقرر إن يعلن الرئيس الامريكي باراك أوباما بعد فترة وجيزة انه بعد البحث دون جدوى عن ابن لادن منذ اختفائه في افغانستان اواخر عام 2001 فقد مات ابن لادن.

                  ويعد تحقيق الهدف الذي قال سلفه جورج بوش انه يسعى اليه وهو محاكمة العقل المدبر لهجمات 11 سبتمبر ايلول 2001 انجازا كبيرا لاوباما وفريقه للامن القومي.

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                    May 2, 2011 -- Pakistani Urdu TV channel Geo News quoted Pakistani intelligence officials as saying that the world's most wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden was killed in a search operation launched by Pakistani forces after a Pakistani army helicopter was shot down in the wee hours of Monday in Abbotabad, a mountainous town located some 60 kilometers north of Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad. At about 1:20 a.m. local time a Pakistani helicopter was shot down by unknown people in the Sikandarabad area of Abbotabad. The Pakistani forces launched a search operation in the nearby area and encountered with a group of unknown armed people. A fire exchange followed between the two sides. When the fire exchange ended, the Pakistani forces arrested some Arab women and kids as well as some other armed people who later confessed to the Pakistani forces they were with Osama Bin laden when the fire was exchanged and Bin Laden was killed in the firing. Local media reported that after the dead body of Bin Laden was recovered, two U.S. helicopter flew to the site and carried away the dead body of Bin Laden. Initial reports said that at least one was killed and two others were injured in the crash. At least two houses were engulfed by the huge fire caused by the crashed chopper. Rescue team rushed to the site shortly after the crash was reported and the armed forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation there. Sources of Xinhua said they tried to enter the area after the incident took place, but no media people were allowed inside. "No one knows in that helicopter crash Bin Laden was killed," said the sources.

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                        ISLAMABAD, May 2, 2011 (Dow Jones) -- Osama Bin Laden was killed in a joint raid in Pakistan's northwestern district of Abbottabad, some 40 miles from Islamabad, in a joint raid overnight Sunday, according to a senior Pakistani official. The town also is home to a Pakistani military academy. Two American helicopters took part in the operation, the official said. One Pakistani helicopter involved in the raid crashed after it was hit by firing from militants.

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                          May 2, 2011 -- U.S. president Barack Obama has confirmed the United States has conducted an operation in which Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed. Mr Obama made the statement during an address broadcast around the world. "The United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda - a terrorist who is responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children," he said. The confirmation follows widespread media reports that bin Laden was killed in a mansion outside Pakistan's capital Islamabad last week.

                          Mr Obama said he was briefed last August on a lead that bin Laden was hiding inside "a compound deep inside Pakistan". "Last week [it was] determined we had enough information to attack the compound," he said. "Today at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body." There were no Americans nor civilian casualties in the mission, Mr Obama said. Early reports said bin Laden had been killed along with 20 other people. "The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our efforts against Al Qaeda," Mr Obama said. "Tonight is a testament to the greatness of our country... we are reminded that America can do whatever we set our minds to."

                          The 54-year-old Saudi had been the most wanted man in the world since 2001 when he helped orchestrate the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. "It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by an attack on the American people," Mr Obama said. "Nearly 3,000 citizens were taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts. We reaffirmed our ties to each other, our love of community and country. We were united as one American family. We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation... we went to war against Al Qaeda. The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens." Mr Obama reaffirmed the U.S. was not at war with Islam. "Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he killed scores of Muslims." Mr Obama said he had a message for the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks. "We have never forgotten your loss nor wavered in our commitment to do whatever it takes to prevent further attacks on our shores," he said.

                          The killing of bin Laden is a major accomplishment for Mr Obama and his national security team, fulfilling the goal once voiced by Mr Obama's predecessor, George W Bush, to bring bin Laden to justice. Mr Bush, who was in office at the time of the September 11 attacks and famously said he wanted bin Laden dead or alive, said his death was a "momentous achievement". "The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done," Mr Bush said in a statement. U.S. soldiers and Afghan militia forces launched a large-scale assault on the Tora Bora mountains after the attacks in pursuit of bin Laden. The trail quickly went cold after he disappeared and many intelligence officials believed he had been hiding in Pakistan. While in hiding, bin Laden had taunted the West and advocated his militant Islamist views in videotapes spirited from his hideaway.

                          Besides September 11, the U.S. has also linked bin Laden to a string of attacks, including the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the 2000 bombing of the warship USS Cole in Yemen. The death of bin Laden will raise huge questions about the future shape of Al Qaeda and also have steep implications for U.S. security and foreign policy 10 years into a global anti-terror campaign. It will also raise fears that the United States and its allies will face retaliation from supporters of bin Laden and other Islamic extremist groups. Chants of "USA, USA" rang out from tourists outside the White House as reports of bin Laden's death sent an electric charge through Washington. A group of around 20 people gathered outside the fence of the presidential mansion, sang the U.S. national anthem, and started shouting and cheering. Despite the decade that has elapsed since the September 11 attacks, the event, one of the most traumatic in U.S. history, still stirs raw emotions, and bin Laden's demise will be celebrated across the United States.

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                              May 2, 2011 -- Al-Qaeda founder and leader Osama Bin Laden has been killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan, President Obama has said. The al-Qaeda leader was killed in a ground operation outside Islamabad based on U.S. intelligence, the first lead for which emerged last August. Mr Obama said after "a firefight", U.S. forces took possession of his body.

                              Bin Laden was accused of being behind a number of atrocities, including the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001. He was top of the U.S. "most wanted" list. Crowds gathered outside the White House in Washington DC, chanting "USA, USA" after the news emerged. Bin Laden approved the 9/11 attacks in which nearly 3,000 people died, saying later that the results had exceeded his expectations. He evaded the forces of the U.S. and its allies for almost a decade, despite a $25 million bounty on his head. His death will be seen as a major blow to al-Qaeda but also raise fears of reprisal attacks, correspondents say.

                              Mr Obama said he had been briefed last August on a possible lead to Osama Bin Laden's whereabouts. It led to intelligence that the al-Qaeda leader was hiding in a compound deep within Pakistan. The president authorised an operation to "get Bin Laden" last week, he said, and on Sunday a small team of U.S. forces undertook the operation in Abbottabad, north of Islamabad. After a "firefight" Bin Laden was killed and his body taken by U.S. forces, the president said.

                              Former US President Bill Clinton said in a statement: "This is a profoundly important moment not just for the families of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and in al-Qaeda's other attacks but for people all over the world who want to build a common future of peace, freedom, and cooperation for our children." Mr Clinton's successor, President George W Bush, described the news as a "momentous achievement". "The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done," Mr Bush said in a statement.

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