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Thousands of Indonesian militants rally in support of alleged terror boss

Solo, Indonesia-AP -- Some three-thousand Muslim militants rallied today in the Indonesian city of Solo.

They were showing their support for detained cleric Abu Bakar Bashir (ah-BOO' bah-KAHR' bah-SHEER'). Bashir allegedly heads the al-Qaida-linked group accused in last week's deadly bombing at Jakarta's Marriott Hotel.

The rally came as the death toll from the bombing rose to eleven with the death of a taxi driver injured in the blast.

In a speech read by an aide, Bashir urged people at the rally to fight for the adoption of Islamic law and to ignore being labeled "terrorists."

Listeners shouted "God is great!" Other speakers appealed for Bashir's release.

Today's rally was the first public display of solidarity with Bashir since the Marriott attack.

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