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Indonesian police arrest 'hitman advertiser'

One of the suspended websites
Image caption Police are investigating whether the websites represented a real hitman or were just a hoax

Police in Indonesia have arrested a man suspected of setting up websites advertising the services of hitmen.

The sites offered to provide "professional assassins" to arrange killings through poisoning, shooting or traffic accidents.

They detailed killings the owner claimed to have carried out and boasted about his contacts in the police and military.

The 30-year-old from West Java was arrested in Jakarta, police say.

Police spokesman Martinus Sitompul told the BBC the man had been traced through an email address linked to one site.

"We just received information and after we investigated, we found the site was created in 2008," he said.

"The site contained an email address and a phone number so we traced the man through that."

"We are investigating further," Mr Martinus said.

The police do not yet know whether the hitman adverts were genuine.

One web page has now been suspended by the host site, Wordpress, which has posted a note explaining that its terms of service have been violated.

Another site linked to the investigation, indobelati.blogspot.com, which offered to carry out contract killings, has also been suspended.