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Australian embassy bomber faces sentencing

Indonesian prosecutors have asked for the death sentence for one of the bombers of the Australian Embassy in 2004.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Indonesian prosecutors have asked for the death sentence for one of the Australian Embassy bombers, saying he was a key planner in the attack that killed 11 people.

Abdul Hassan, a 34-year-old worker at a state-owned agriculture firm, also is accused of buying bomb-making material and hiding one of the attack's masterminds Azahari bin Husin, who remains on the run. Hassan expressed little remorse for the September 2004 attack and said the victims -- all of whom were Indonesian -- were killed because of "Allah's will."

Police have arrested six suspects in the attack, which was blamed on Jemaah Islamiyah, a regional terror group officials say received funding from al-Qaida. Two have been given sentences of sentenced of 3 1/2 years and 4 1/2 years while prosecutors have asked for the death sentence and seven years for two other suspects.

Several others suspects in the attack, including Malaysian militants Azahari and Noordin Mohamed Top, remain on the run somewhere in world's most populous Muslim nation.

Indonesia over the years has been struck by a string of terror attacks, including the October 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, most of them foreigners. Jemaah Islamiyah has been blamed for the attacks.