US says alleged Bali bombing figure to stay at Guantanamo

Miami - A US government review board has rejected the release of the alleged Southeastern Asian terrorist leader known as Hambali from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A short statement announcing the Periodic Review Board decision says Hambali continues to be a "significant threat to the security of the United States."

The prisoner whose real name is Encep Nurjaman appeared before the board in August by video link seeking his release after being held 10 years at the base without charge.

Hambali was the alleged leader of the al-Qaeda-linked group that carried out the 2002 terrorist bombing in Bali that killed 202 people.

The board also said on Tuesday that it rejected the release of Somali prisoner Guleed Hassan Ahmed.

There are 60 prisoners left at Guantanamo, including 20 cleared for release.