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Umar Patek was arrested in Abbottabad


Anthony Bubalo

3 May 2011 12:55

There is an interesting bit of detail in the killing of Usama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. In January this year Pakistani intelligence arrested the Indonesian extremist, Umar Patek, one of the organisers of the 2002 Bali bombings, in the same town (although details of his arrest were only made public in March).

It raises some interesting questions: about the connections between some Indonesian extremists and al Qaeda central; also about whether Patek's arrest played any role in bin Laden's demise. But perhaps most interesting of all is why bin Laden was not spooked into moving location as a result of Patek's arrest.