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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police Make Sketches of 3 Bali Blast Suspects

BALI, Indonesia -- Sketches have been made of three possible suspects in the Bali bombings that killed more than 180 people, the head of the international investigation into the blasts said on Wednesday.

"There are three sketches of possible suspects. They are males and Indonesians," said Made Mangku Pastika, head of the international investigation.

He stressed none of the three had been named as an official suspect and he would not give further details "as it could mess up the investigation."

The sketches, based on descriptions from witnesses, would not be released to the public yet, he said.

Pastika declined to say if the Southeast Asian Muslim militant group Jemaah Islamiah might have been involved in the bombings that killed mostly foreigners drinking and dancing in clubs on Bali's Kuta Beach.

But Indonesian police were still waiting to interrogate Jemaah Islamiah's alleged leader, militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who was taken to hospital in the central Java city of Solo last week.

Bashir denies any knowledge of Jemaah Islamiah and any connection to terrorism.

Previous bomb attacks in Indonesia, blamed on Jemaah Islamiah and which police said bore similarities to the Bali bombs, are another.

The United States said it would designate the Southeast Asian network a terrorist organization on Wednesday and Indonesia said the Bali bombs bore its hallmark. Designation as a "foreign terrorist organization" makes it illegal to provide material support to the group and freezes any assets it may have under U.S. jurisdiction.