Former president Abdurrahman Wahid has claimed that Indonesian police or the military may have played a role in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, including 11 from Hong Kong. Mr Wahid, who led Indonesia for 19 months until he was ousted for incompetence in 2001, said he had grave concerns about links between Indonesian authorities and terrorist groups. Mr Wahid, 64, made the remarks in a television interview with Australian national public broadcaster SBS. He believed terrorists were involved in planting the first of two bombs in Bali's Kuta nightlife district, but that the second, which destroyed the Sari Club nightclub, had been planned by authorities. Asked who he thought planted the second bomb, Mr Wahid told SBS: 'Maybe the police or the armed forces.' 'The orders to do this or that came from within our armed forces, not from the fundamentalist people,' he said. Indonesia's military denied the accusation, and Australian leaders said they did not believe it. In Indonesia, military spokesman Major-General Kohirin Suganda Saputra denied the allegation. 'That is really untrue,' he said. 'How could the military and police, as protectors of the nation and people, do such a thing? We all know that those involved in the 2002 bombings have been convicted and sentenced.' Speaking in Jakarta, Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer dismissed the allegation as 'just rubbish'. Prime Minister John Howard said: 'I don't believe it.' The Australian newspaper described Mr Wahid's claim as 'bizarre and disturbing ... not because it is convincing, but because it could further confuse the terrorism debate in Indonesia'.