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Bali Bomb Suspects Are Said
To Have No Prior Link to Terrorism

By Raymond Bonner

Indonesia’s counterterrorism forces say the suspected suicide bombers who carried out the attack in Bali last Saturday appear to have been a small group with no prior criminal record or link to a large organization like al-Qaida, giving the case echoes of the London subway bombings in July.

A senior Indonesian counterterrorism official said in an interview on Thursday that the bombers seem to have been “jihadists” without previous involvement in terrorist acts that would have brought them to the attention of the authorities.

A former senior member of Jemaah Islamiyah, the radical Islamic organization here, who has defected and is helping the government, said he did not recognize any of the men, the official said. The heads of the presumed bombers were severed in the blast, and pictures of them have appeared on television and in the newspapers here. The official spoke on condition that he not be identified, because he is not the authorized spokesman for his agency.

The Bali attack, which killed 19 people, most of them Indonesians, in separate explosions at three restaurants, seems indicative of the way in which terrorism is shifting, terrorism experts say.

Rove Summoned to Testify
In CIA Leak Case

By David Johnston

The special prosecutor in the CIA leak case has summoned Karl Rove, the senior White House adviser, to return next week to testify to a federal grand jury in a step that could mean charges will be filed, lawyers on the case said Thursday.

The prosecutor, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, has held discussions in recent days with lawyers for several Bush administration officials, suggesting that he is considering whether to charge them with a crime over the disclosure of an intelligence operative’s identity in a 2003 newspaper column.

Fitzgerald is said by some of the lawyers to have indicated that he has not made up his mind about whether to accuse anyone of wrongdoing and will use the remaining days before the grand jury expires on Oct. 28 to decide.

Rove has appeared before the grand jury on three previous occasions.

Bombing on Minibus Kills 10, Including Police Recruits

By Robert F. Worth

A man wearing an explosive belt boarded a public minibus on Thursday near Iraq’s police academy in northern Baghdad and blew himself up, killing 10 passengers and wounding 11, witnesses and Iraqi officials said.

The blast shattered the red minibus, killing almost everyone on board and sending huge plumes of black smoke into the sky near the police academy and Iraq’s Oil Ministry. The victims included police recruits, but also a woman and some children, said Capt. Muhammad Ali, a police officer who arrived at the scene shortly afterward.

Witnesses said the bomber boarded the bus just after 1 p.m. at a stop near the police academy, on a bus route often used by recruits on their way home to Sadr City, the Shiite slum that is not far away. After the attack, the blackened shell of the bus remained on the street, surrounded by fragments of metal and human remains.

The attack came a day after a huge bomb outside a Shiite mosque killed 25 people in Hillah, south of the capital, as Shiites began celebrating the holy month of Ramadan.