Police have identified who they believe planned the recent Bali bombings. But Noordin Mohammed and Azahari Husin, both Malaysians, have so far eluded police attempts to find and arrest them. The police insist they have come close to catching these fellows recently.
October 9, 2005: The recent Bali bombings appear to have been carried out by new recruits to the Islamic terrorist movement. The older generation has been killed, captured or driven out of the terror business by war on terror efforts. But young men, mesmerized by the media coverage of the Western "war on Islam" story, are still eager to kill for the cause.
October 7, 2005: Police publicized pictures of the heads of the three Bali suicide bombers, but have received no information on any of them. The suspects are believed to have attended an Islamic school, one of a few dozen run by Islamic radicals and associated with Islamic terrorism in the past. Police have arrested and interrogated hundreds of known Islamic radicals, but are not disclosing what information they have obtained.
October 3, 2005: The U.S. is offering $11 million in rewards for information leading to the capture of two men (Dulmatin and Umar Patek) connected with the 2002 Bali bombing. All the other major figures in that attack have been arrested or killed. It appears that the 2002 group had little to do with the recent attack.
October 4, 2005: Unlike the 2002 Bali bombing, tourists have not fled the island as a result of the recent attack. Attitudes towards the Islamic terrorists have changed, and people are not as easily terrorized. The recent attack killed 15 Indonesians and five foreigners, while the 2002 attack killed 202 people, nearly half of them foreigners.