Hambali confirms Bangkok terrorist targets

Sept. 17, 2003 at 1:58 PM
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BANGKOK, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Southeast Asian terrorist leader Hambali has reportedly confirmed new attacks were being planned in Bangkok when he was arrested last month.

The Australian newspaper reported Wednesday the potential targets included U.S.-owned hotels as well as airlines and popular nightclubs.

Government sources told the newspaper Hambali said many of the planned attacks would have been timed to coincide with Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings scheduled for October in Bangkok.

One report indicated al-Qaida may have been targeting airliners flying to the United States from Bangkok.

Hambali -- the chief operational planner for the terrorist group, al-Qaida-associated Jemaah Islamiyah -- has provided broad and valuable information on regional terrorist operations to his U.S. interrogators since his capture in Thailand more than a month ago, the Australian said.

The Australian said Hambali, whose real name is Riduan Isamuddin, is believed being held at the CIA-run detention center at Bagram air base in Afghanistan.

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