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(The Gulf Times) – Indonesian police stepped up a manhunt for suspected Islamic militants behind a bomb attack in a Christian town on Indonesia ’s Sulawesi island as funerals were held for the dead. Tearful mourners dressed in black gathered under foreboding skies and pouring rain in the lakeside market town of Tentena to say final prayers for the dead, who included a Christian cleric and a two-year-old infant. Indonesian officials have said the attack early Saturday, the worst in the country since the October 2002 Bali bombings, showed signs of involvement by Al Qaeda-linked extremists responsible for Bali and other major strikes. As community leaders struggled to contain tensions between Christians and Muslims on Sulawesi that have previously erupted into open conflict, police dispatched forensic experts and brought 21 witnesses in for questioning.“There is no indication yet that any of the witnesses, including two key ones, are suspects, but we are trying to determine whether they have any knowledge or involvement in the case,” a senior officer said on condition of anonymity.

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