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Indonesia warns of more terror attacks JAKARTA - Indonesia's Security Minister says intelligence information points to the possibility of more terrorist acts taking place soon in Indonesia and his security officials are focusing on Ambon and Poso, where sectarian conflicts have spiralled out of controlled. Speaking at a news conference after an internal security meeting, Mr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono also said the new attacks are expected to be in a different form from the recent Bali bombings.
It is believed Ambon and Poso have provided a sanctuary for terrorists operating in the country. This latest disclosure comes as President Megawati Sukarnoputri prepares to leave later Tuesday for the APEC Summit in Mexico, where terrorism will dominate discussions. Indonesia's Security Minister recently said more terrorists attacks, post Bali, are likely, including on key oil refineries in the country.
As foreign embassies upgrade travel warnings urging their citizens to avoid Indonesia, Mr Susilo confirmed the possibility of future attacks: He said, "Our intelligence information also indicates that terrorist acts can still happen in the near future in another place and in a different form." The National Police Chief says Hambali, operational commander of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), remains the prime suspect in a spate of bombings.

Hambali is currently missing.

Indonesian national police chief Da'i Bachtiar, said, "We asked for Hambali before when he was in Malaysia. After September 11, we asked Malaysia again and Malaysia too was searching for him but he had escaped to Afghanistan." Detained terror suspect and spiritual leader of JI Abu Bakar Ba'asyir's health is improving, although police have yet to interrogate him.
Doctors say he still has some breathing problems. But that did not prevent Mr Abu Bakar from taking a religious oath before a group of Ulemas or clerics who visited him in hospital in Central Java. Mr Abu Bakar had sworn in the name of God that he did not plot to assassinate President Megawati Sukarnoputri nor does he know Omar Al Farouq, an alleged Pakistani co-conspirator.
Police summoned Omar's wife in Jakarta and the tearful wife said she supports the death penalty for her husband if he is proven to be a terrorist. She did not deny Omar's links with Agus Dwikarna, who has been sentenced for up to 17 years in jail in the Philippines for carrying explosives.
As President Megawati leaves for the APEC meeting, the Foreign Ministry says she is expected to appeal for international help in countering terrorism. President Megawati missed the Asia Europe Meeting in Denmark recently when terrorism in Asia was discussed with key regional leaders before the Bali bombings; the alarm bells had gone out then and President Megawati was not there.



Posted in Terrorism @ 23 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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