2004 Australia Embassy Bombing

The Indonesian government blamed terrorists linked to al-Qaeda for a suicide car bombing early Thursday outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.

At least nine people were killed and 173 injured.

An Internet site known for posting extremist Islamic content carried a statement purportedly written by the Jemaah Islamiyah terror group, but its authenticity could not be immediately verified.

A terror group linked to al Qaeda has purportedly taken responsibility for Thursday's car bombing in Jakarta which killed at least nine people and injured more than 180.

An Islamic Web site, www.islamic-minbar.com, has posted a statement attributed to Jemaah Islamiya, the Southeast Asian arm of al Qaeda, claiming the attack as a suicide operation against Australian interests.

The blast occurred in central Jakarta just meters outside the heavily fortified gates of the Australian embassy.

Irun Hidayat was found guilty of being an accessory to the attack, which killed 11 people, including a suicide bomber.

But Hidayat had already been cleared of the most serious charge - helping plan the September 2004 attack.

If found guilty of that charge, he could have faced a death sentence.

The Islamic preacher said he rejected the verdict, and would appeal the decision.

Chief Judge Yohannes Binti said Hidayat was "legally and convincingly" guilty of being an accessory to the embassy bombings, according to the French news agency AFP.

The Jakarta High Court said it upheld the death sentences handed to Achmad Hasan and Iwan Darmawan Mutho, alias Rois, for the September 2004 bombing.

The attack killed 12 Indonesians, including the suicide bomber.

"The panel of judges at the Jakarta High Court supports the decision by the South Jakarta district for Iwan Darmawan Mutho, alias Rois, of a death sentence," Appeals Court documents said.

The court also upheld the death sentence for Hasan in its decision sent to the District Court last week.

The judges said they backed the District Court's verdicts because both Rois and Hasan were "guilty of carrying out acts of terrorism" and had also "intentionally gave assistance to perpetrators of terror".

Rois was convicted in September this year after he told police that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had funded the embassy bombing.