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Five killed in terror raids in Bali DENPASAR, BALI - Indonesian counter-terrorism forces have shot dead five suspected militants believed to have been planning a series of attacks in Bali. Heavily armed officers from Indonesia's crack anti-terror unit Detachment 88 stormed two separate addresses, in Denpasar and in Sanur, on Sunday night where they shot and killed five men.

Witnesses have told that gunshots could be heard for several minutes as officers raided the Lhaksmi Hotel on Jalan Danau Poso in the Sanur area about 9pm local time. "I heard more than 10 shots. We are not allowed to enter our homes," one witness, who only wanted to be identified as Egi, told.

Three suspected terrorists were shot and killed at the address in Sanur, an area popular with foreign tourists. Witnesses reported seeing police removing bodies from a bungalow at the hotel, which remained surrounded by heavily armed officers late on Sunday night.

Another two suspected terrorists were shot and killed during a raid at an address on Jalan Gunung Soputan in Denpasar. Police confirmed the raids were linked, adding that those killed had either resisted arrest or tried to escape. "On Danau Poso three people were killed from police fire and on Gunung Soputan two were shot dead," Bali Police spokesman Hariadi said.

A number of firearms and ammunition were recovered from both addresses but Hariadi refused to confirm if any explosives were discovered at either of the locations. Hariadi added that it was believed the group had been planning robberies, to be used to fund terror attacks, but did not provide further details.

However, another senior police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it was possible the group was planning to carry out attacks on Thursday, on the eve of Nyepi, or the annual Day of Silence, which marks the Balinese Hindu New Year.


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Posted in Terrorism @ 19 March 2012 02:28 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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