DENPASAR - The imminent execution of the men convicted for planning the 2002 Bali bombing and the Jakarta arrest in recent days of a network of terrorists preparing to blow up a major fuel depot have prompted Bali's security officials to go on high alert.
Police and counter-terrorist experts are now postulating that terrorist cells may be targeting infrastructure sites in a bid to destabilize the Indonesian economy and hasten the achievement of their ultimate goal, the establishment of an Islamic caliphate across Southeast Asia. In the past, the terror groups have sought out locations in which a high number of "non-believers" (i.e. non-Muslims) could be killed.
The Jakarta Post confirmed that the tight security protocols already in place to protect the Asian Beach Games underway on Bali have been heightened further on the heels of the arrest of 5 terrorist suspects in Jakarta. Security measures have been beefed up at Bali two major sea ports and its sole airport.