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Indonesian Navy sinks Filipino fishing boat The Indonesian Navys Eastern Indonesian Fleet Command (Koarmatim) has sunk a Filipino fishing boat MV Gerry 12 in the waters of Tahuna Bay, Apengsembeka village, Sangihe Islands District, North Sulawesi.

Posted in Crime @ 13 January 2015 13:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia allocates Rp3 trillion to print paper money Bank Indonesia, the central bank, has set aside Rp3 trillion per year to print paper currency, which is considered as a substantial amount, hence the government will encourage the use of non-cash transactions.

Posted in Economy @ 19 August 2014 13:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Papuan leader: 'Netherlands created OPM to oppose Indonesia' A Papuan community leader, Nicolaas Jouwe, said the Netherlands officers created the Free Papua Movement (OPM) in 1965, to oppose Indonesia and disturb the security of eastern Indonesias territory.

Posted in History @ 12 May 2014 23:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four-meter long croc captured in Bangka A four-meter long crocodile weighing almost 300 kilograms was captured by villagers of Gedong, Belinyu district, Bangka Belitung Province, on Thursday. "I and other residents managed to catch the four-meter long crocodile by using a mangrove monkey as bait to lure it," stated Mang Yasak, a Sungailiat resident here on Friday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 February 2014 22:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Islamic parties have no strong figure to unite them' A researcher has noted that Islamic parties in Indonesia have no strong figure to nominate as a presidential candidate, which is hampering coalition efforts.

Posted in Politics @ 25 November 2013 19:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight suspected terrorists detained Densus 88, the country’s anti-terrorism unit, has captured eight terrorist suspects in two days for their alleged involvement in the shooting of police officers at three locations in South Tangerang in Banten province.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 November 2013 02:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Tanjung Gusta terrorist convicts recaptured Police anti-terror squad Densus 88 has recaptured two terrorist convicts who escaped after the July 11 riot at the Tanjung Gusta prison in Medan, North Sumatra.

Posted in Crime @ 22 August 2013 20:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


103 inmates from Tanjung Gusta still at large Police are still searching for 103 out of 212 inmates including four terrorism prisoners who recently escaped from the Tanjung Gusta penitentiary in Medan, North Sumatra.

Posted in Crime @ 26 July 2013 23:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police capture 102 escapees from Tanjung Gusta prison Police have captured 102 escapees from the Tanjung Gusta prison in Medan, North Sumatra, since the July 11 mass jailbreak that left five people dead.

Posted in Crime @ 16 July 2013 17:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


240 inmates escape from Medan prison after riot A total of 240 prisoners have escaped from Tanjung Gusta penitentiary in Medan, North Sumatra province, following riot that happen on last Thursday (July 11), Coordinating Minister for Politic, Law and Security Djoko Suyanto said.

Posted in Crime @ 12 July 2013 20:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Unlicensed guides cause poor service level Illegal and unlicensed guides operating in Bali are being cited as the cause of poor service to visitors coming to the island that results in damage to the destination’s reputation.

Posted in Tourism @ 23 September 2012 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Escapee captured and thrown in prison again A report in The Jakarta Globe casts questions if not new light on the quality of life behind bars in Bali’s.Muhamad Rawi, together with five other men, escaped police detention in Kuta, Bali on September 15, 2011 while awaiting trial on narcotics charges.

Posted in Crime @ 23 September 2012 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Attorney General`s Office team arrests 21 fugitives The Attorney General`s Office (AGO) team has, up until early June 2012, caught 21 fugitives, Attorney General Basrief Arief said here on Monday. He expressed appreciation for the performance of the team that successfully caught the fugitives. "I thank the team for carrying out its task well by catching the fugitives," Basrief said.

Posted in Crime @ 09 July 2012 17:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


800 terrorists captured by police in past 10 years Over the past decade, the Indonesian police have captured 800 terrorists in the country, according to the Counter Terrorism Agency`s director of prevention, Brigadier General ESA Permadi.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 May 2012 11:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six Indonesian fishermen repatriated from Timor Leste The Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has negotiated the repatriation of six fishermen from Sinjai, South Sulawesi and Alor Island, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), who had earlier been captured by the Timor Leste`s Navy.

Posted in Crime @ 25 February 2012 01:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Environmentalists capture endangered Sumatran rhino in Borneo Malaysian environmentalists on Monday announced the capture of a female Sumatran rhino which is on the brink of extinction, giving rise to a last chance to save the species before it is too late.

Posted in Environment @ 26 December 2011 13:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three suspected terrorists arrested The national police say that they have arrested three more terrorist suspects connected to the bomb attack at the police headquarters mosque in Cirebon, West Java. The three suspects are Heru Komarudin alias Haekal alias Rois, Yahya alias Yaya Bin Shapiih and Suhanto alias Borju alias Umar alias Anto bin Sahir.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 October 2011 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-terrorist is now comic book hero The real life adventures of former al-Qaida-linked terrorist Nasir Abas have become a new comic book in Indonesia, chronicling his transformation from militant to invaluable ally in the fight against terrorism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 September 2011 09:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia captures South Sumatra terror suspects ndonesian National Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of two terrorism suspects who are thought to be behind recent bomb blasts in South Sumatra.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 August 2011 23:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror suspect Umar Patek admits assembling 2002 bombs Terror suspect Umar Patek has admitted to having assembled the explosive devices which were used in the 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people were killed, officials said on Saturday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 August 2011 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


'Bali Bomb' terrorist Umar Patek back in Indonesia National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo on Thursday confirmed that Umar Patek, wanted for his alleged role in the 2002 Bali bombing, had arrived in Jakarta on Thursday morning to face legal process. "Patek arrived at seven o’clock this morning in Jakarta," Pradopo said before the Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 August 2011 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian soldiers charged with torture after killing civilian Three Indonesian soldiers were indicted for killing a civilian in the province of Papua, which made international headlines after a torture video was made available on the Internet and showed the soldiers' brutality, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 21 July 2011 16:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two pirated ships and 10 crew members freed after 4 days Two pirated Indonesian ships were freed after 10 crew members were held hostage for four days off the northern island of Kalimantan, officials said on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 04 June 2011 00:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia denies allegations of dolphin, whale hunting Indonesia on Wednesday denied accusations that whales and dolphins were being hunted down in Indonesian waters, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Environment @ 19 May 2011 01:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sends troops to free hostages from Somali pirates Indonesia's National Defense Forces (TNI) on Friday announced that it had deployed troops to rescue the 20 nationals that were captured by Somali pirates last month.

Posted in Military @ 16 April 2011 01:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia prepares rescue operation against Somali pirates Indonesia's National Defense Forces (TNI) on Thursday announced that it is prepared to deploy security forces to rescue the 22 nationals captured by Somali pirates last month if negotiations remain unsuccessful.

Posted in Military @ 14 April 2011 14:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pakistan's Foreign Ministry confirms arrest of Bali bomb suspect Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday appeared on national television and confirmed that the country's security forces had captured a man wanted in connection with the 2002 Bali bombing.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 April 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rare Javan Rhinos captured on video on Java island Two rare Javan rhinoceroses were captured on video by the World Wildlife Fund Indonesia (WWF-I) in a national park located in the western region of Indonesia's Java island, officials said Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 01 March 2011 04:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's anti-terror agency warns of possible terrorist attacks The Indonesian National Anti-terror Agency (BNPT) on Tuesday warned citizens about the possibility of bombings and other forms of terrorist attacks, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 December 2010 18:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected terrorist arrives in Jakarta under heavy guard Indonesian terror suspect, Fadli Sadama, arrived at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Tangerang, under strict guard from Detachment 88, Indonesia's National Police anti-terror squad, around 5 p.m on Saturday, a police spokesman said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 December 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: Terrorists planned to bomb Danish embassy Suspected terrorists had planned to explode Royal Danish Embassy in Kuningan, South Jakarta, using a car-bomb, National Police chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri said on Thursday. Bambang said the embassy was targeted in retaliation of the globally criticized publication of Prophet Muhammad cartoon by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005, Bambang said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 July 2010 05:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Turtle seller arrested by Bali police A total of 71 green turtles (chelonia mydas) - some weighing more than 200 kilograms and thought to be more than 70-years-old, were saved from the chopping block by Bali police in a raid conducted on Wednesday, May 19, 2010.

Posted in Environment @ 23 May 2010 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New round of terrorist hunting: 17 arrested, five dead The police’s counterterrorism squad has captured 17 terrorist suspects alive and shot dead five others in a series of raids conducted since Thursday last week. Spokesman for the National Police Insp. Gen. Edward Aritonang said the five suspects were killed in the latest raids on two separate places in Cililitan, East Java and in Cikampek in West Java on Wednesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 May 2010 04:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Teenager killed by giant python A python attacked and killed a junior high school student in the North Sumatra regency of Deli Serdang as he and his school mates were swimming in a river, Antara reported Saturday. Local people ran for a help and used bamboo poles to beat the giant snake as it was trying to swallow M. Zakaria.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 March 2010 01:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In court because of a bee-sting A court in Indonesia has decided not to sentence a boy after he stung a class-mate with a bee. The now nine year old David Yusuf could be sentenced to three years in prison for severe abuse, but the judges decided to let him walk. The case dragged on for almost a year.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 02 February 2010 01:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Arrests made in Bali over ATM scandal Police in Bali and Jakarta have made a number of arrests in a scam that has fleeced larges sums of money from the bank accounts of people who used ATMs in Bali. The well-organized and sophisticated criminals reportedly installed an additional fake slot on an ATM Machine together with a small CCTV camera that recorded the password entered by the ATM customer.

Posted in Crime @ 25 January 2010 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WWF catches Sumatran tiger family on tape A hidden camera from the WWF in Indonesia has captured a female tiger and two of it's cubs in the jungle in central Sumatra. This is the first tiger family that has been recorded by a camera belonging to the WWF. Four cameras were placed in the Rimbang Baling conservatory forest and the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, located in Riau and Jambi.

Posted in Environment @ 08 January 2010 01:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of prostitutes arrested in Pangandaran As much as 23 prostitutes have been netted in a police raid in the area of Pangandaran in the district of Ciamis in West Java province early this morning. Police also reported some chasing around as some of the sexworkers did not want to just sit down and be arrested. Civil police Satpol PP brought a nightly visit to a number of cafe's and night spots in the area of Pasar Wisata, which is a well-known place for prostitution.

Posted in Crime @ 07 January 2010 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


1.74 tons of marijuana seized by Sukabumi police The regional police of Sukabumi has seized some 1.74 tons of dried marijuana when it raided a house in the city of Sukabumi last Friday. The raid was a joint operation between the National Narcotics Brigade and the police in the region. The total value of the drugs is estimated at 6 billion Rupiah (410.000 euro). The drugs were already prepared for distribution. Four suspects were arrested during the raid.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 September 2009 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terrorists to kill Obama in Indonesia? Terrorists in Indonesia are said to have detailed plans to stage a terrorist attack on American president Barack Obama. The attack should be carried out by sharp shooters. This information was made public by a safety expert in Indonesia. Obama is expected to bring a visit to Indonesia in November this year.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 August 2009 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A simple terrorist hide-out in Bekasi Always wondered what a terrorist hide-out would look like? Well, it looks like any other house in the block because residents should not be aware of any strange activities of course. Terrorists prefer to blend in with the local population. The ones hiding out in the house in Temanggung that was stormed earlier today even worked the fields!

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2009 11:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Leaders of islamic groups condemn terrorist attacks In the last few days it has become clear that the idea to blow up the restaurants of the J.W. Marriott Hotel and Ritz-Carlton Hotel might have originated from the Malaysian terrorist-on-the-run Noordin Mohammad Top, which is related to the Southeast Asian terrorist network of Jemaah Islamiyah. Also some pesantren (islamic boarding school) in Central Java are closely watched for their possible connection to that person.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2009 11:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tiny primate rediscovered on Sulawesi The tiny Furby-like pygmy tarsier, presumed to be extinct, was found during a recent expedition to Indonesia. And the cuddly, huge-eyed nocturnal critter is the very definition of cute. "They always look like they have a perpetual smile on their face, which adds to the attraction," says physical anthropologist Sharon Gursky-Doyen, who found the presumed lost species.

Posted in Environment @ 19 November 2008 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia fears extremist elements in Indonesia Australia says the recent arrest of a number of terrorist suspects in Indonesia indicates the threat from extremists is "ever present." Earlier this week, Indonesian police said they had captured five members of an Islamic militant cell, seizing arms, ammunition and explosives.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 October 2008 11:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Bali bombers must be executed' President Yudhoyono said that the death sentence for three Islamic militants, which are currently on death row for their part in the 2002 Bali bombings, must be carried out. With this he clearly indicates that there is no way of granting them clemency. Imam Samudra, Amrozi and Ali Gufron face execution by a firing squad after the Supreme Court rejected their final appeal. The three also refused to seek clemency from the president, saying that they want to die as martyrs.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2007 05:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Terrorists are losing their battle to spread hatred' Islamic terrorists blamed for a number of deadly suicide bombings in Indonesia have failed to further their 'cause of hatred' in the country, according to president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. He made the statement at the opening of an eye-clinic on the island of Bali, a gift from Australia to victims of the 2002 nightclub bombings which killed 202, among them 88 Australians.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2007 12:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests Jemaah Islamiyah chief Indonesian police said yesterday they had captured the head of Southeast Asian extremist network Jemaah Islamiyah, blamed for some of the deadliest terror attacks in the region. They said Zarkasi had been heading the militant Muslim outfit since 2004 and that he had been seized in raids last weekend which also netted the alleged head of a JI special forces unit.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 June 2007 02:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top terrorist Dujana arrested in Indonesia The Indonesian police confirmed Wednesday that Abu Dujana, suspected of being military leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist group, had been arrested and was in custody in Banyumas, Central Java.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 June 2007 15:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rare coelacanth fish captured in Indonesian waters Fishermen in Indonesia have captured a rare coelacanth fish in the waters off Sulawesi. The fish, which is about one meter long, was caught in the nets of fishermen just north of Manado. It died a few hours later. Coelacanth are known to be one of the oldest species of fish in the world.

Posted in Environment @ 21 May 2007 08:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia continues hunting militants in Poso Indonesia decided to continue pursuing fugitive Muslim militants in troubled Poso of Central Sulawesi, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Thursday. "The president said the operation to enforce law and to pursue the wanted militants was continuously conducted," Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Widodo Adi Sucipto told a press conference after a security meeting led by president Susilo at the State Palace.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 26 January 2007 11:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


10 killed in gunbattle in Poso Nine militants and one policeman were killed in a gunbattle when Indonesian police trying to capture wanted-militants allegedly played leading role in the communal clash years ago in Poso of Central Sulawesi province of Indonesia, provincial police chief Badrodin Haiti said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 22 January 2007 17:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Croc blamed in Indonesia disappearances Villagers found two human hands, a leg and a pair of shorts inside a half-ton crocodile they trapped and killed in eastern Indonesia, a conservationist said Wednesday. At least five people have gone missing in recent months in the same area of East Nusa Tenggara province and are believed to have been eaten by a crocodile or crocodiles, said local conservationist Lorens Mbatu.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 December 2006 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Philippines deports terrorist's wife to Indonesia The desire of Istiada Oemar Sovie, alias Amenah Toha, the captured wife of Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist, to be deported to Indonesia, together with all of her children, will not be realized after all. Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. said the Philippine government will have to deport Toha on or before the end of this month even without all of her six children.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 November 2006 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia issues terror warning ahead of Bush visit The Indonesian Intelligence Agency (BIN) on Saturday warned of terrorist strikes on the occasion of Bush visit on Nov. 20 in Indonesia, and called for high alert, BIN head Syamsir Siregar said here. The threat could come from the group led by the coordinator of the Southeast Asia al-Qaida linked terrorist network, the Jemaah Islamiyah Noerdin Moh. Top, or other groups, said Siregar.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 November 2006 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Calmer after Indonesia executions Conditions were calmer and under control after Indonesian government deployed thousands of security forces to guard public areas Saturday in Central Sulawesi province. Angry mobs had rioted Friday in Christian areas of Indonesia after the government carried out early-morning executions of three Christian men convicted of massacring Muslims during sectarian violence six years ago.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 September 2006 14:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian protesters condemn Israel's attacks Thousands of Muslim protesters have flooded the main streets of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, condemning continuing Israeli attacks on the Palestinian territories and Lebanon that have killed scores of civilians. The Government of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has called on Israel to stop the strikes and urged the disputing parties to get back to the negotiating table.

Posted in Protests @ 16 July 2006 15:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia takes antigraft fight to Interpol meeting Asian police forces should cooperate to strengthen efforts to fight corruption and money laundering, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Tuesday. "We should send a signal loud and clear to the corrupt everywhere that there is no safe haven anywhere for them to hide their stolen money," he said in a speech opening a three-day meeting of Asian police in Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 12 April 2006 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatran elephants face extinction in Indonesia The number of Sumatran elephants in Indonesia's Riau province has declined by nearly 75 per cent in the past 11 years and without improved management, they face likely extinction in another five years, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said on Wednesday.

Posted in Environment @ 06 April 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia detains more terrorist suspects In less than 24 hours, Indonesian anti-terrorism police detained two terrorist suspects and close aides to the country's most-wanted militant, Malaysian Noordin Mohammad Top, local media reports said Thursday. After detaining an Indonesian militant on Wednesday afternoon, the anti-terrorist squad on Thursday morning arrested another Muslim radical in Central Java province, the state-run Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 January 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest 'henchman' of alleged Malaysian terror chief An alleged key aide to a Malaysian fugitive blamed for a series of bloody bombings in Indonesia has been captured, police said Thursday. Subur Sugiarto was arrested on a bus in Central Java's town of Boyolali en route to Jakarta on Tuesday, said Adj. Sr. Comr. Warih Handono. Subur has not been charged with any crime yet, Warih said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 January 2006 15:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: 'Malaysian bombmaker's accomplices detained' Indonesian police says they have arrested four suspected extremists for helping fugitive Malaysian bombmaker Noordin Mohammad Top evade capture. The four were arrested in separate raids in the towns of Semarang and Klaten in Central Java province on Friday, said an officer with Indonesia's elite Detachment 88 anti-terror unit.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 January 2006 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Navy orders hitman arrest dead or alive A marine soldier who was sentenced to death for killing a businessman in 2003 has managed to escape for the second time from the military prison in Cibinong, West Java. Following the prison break, Commander of the Navy's Military Police Commodore Sunarko A.G. issued on Monday an order to capture Suud Rusli, the marine soldier, "dead or alive."

Posted in Crime @ 08 November 2005 09:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security high after suspected top al-Qaida operative escapes Indonesia will raise security measures across the country to anticipate potential terror attacks following the escape of a suspected al-Qaida leader from a U.S. military prison in Afghanistan, local media reported Saturday. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, said that top al-Qaida operative Omar al-Farouq could be preparing a plot against Indonesia because he had been apprehended in the Muslim country.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 November 2005 10:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials criticize U.S. over escaped terror suspect Security has been tightened at the U.S. military prison in Afghanistan following the escape of a suspected Al Qaeda leader, a U.S. official said Wednesday, as Indonesian terror officials accused Washington of failing to inform them of the breakout. Omar al-Farouq, born in Kuwait to Iraqi parents, was considered one of Usama bin Laden's top lieutenants in Southeast Asia until Indonesian authorities captured him in 2002 and turned him over to the United States.

Posted in Politics @ 02 November 2005 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. will extradite Hambali to Indonesia The United States will hand over terrorist suspect Hambali to Indonesia, AsiaNews reported Wednesday. Hambali was captured by U.S. Intelligence in 2003. The decision, which Jakarta greeted with some surprise, was announced Tuesday night by Henry A., Crompton. the Counter-Terrorism Coordinator of the State Department.

Posted in General @ 20 October 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: Bali mastermind escapes raid Alleged Bali bombing mastermind Noordin Mohamed Top narrowly escaped capture Friday after he fled a remote village hours before a pre-dawn raid by anti-terror police on his hideout, police said. Noordin and his close aide Azahari bin Husin are two of Southeast Asia's most wanted men and believed to be key members of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah -- the group suspected in last weekend's suicide bombings on Bali island.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 October 2005 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Grisly photos of Bali suicide bombers released Indonesian police last night released grisly photos of the three men they believe launched a trio of suicide bomb attacks in Bali as chilling amateur video footage captured the final moments before one youth triggered one of the blasts.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2005 17:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three suspects arrested in Indonesia Three suspected Jemaah Islamiah terrorists linked to Jakarta's 2003 deadly Marriott Hotel bombing have been arrested on Indonesia's restive island of Sulawesi. They might also have links to the 2002 Bali bombings and other attacks, Indonesian investigators said on Tuesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 May 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogya from the air It's not the world as I know it, an aerial view over the city. Normally I will only see cities from the roads I drive on by motorbike. It's much more cheap to do so, because using a helicopter to have a look in town is not for the average man. Still I had the chance to make some pictures from the window upon arriving in Yogyakarta in December last year. Since the airport is close to the city and the weather was clear, I made a handful of pictures.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms two women hostages taken in Iraq Two Indonesian women working for a British company in Iraq were among 10 people kidnapped by an Islamic militant group, officials in Jakarta confirmed on Friday. Indonesian foreign ministry officials said the women, who were pictured wearing Muslim headscarves in video shot by the militants and aired on Arabic television, were from Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clashes kill 15 rebels in Aceh At least 15 separatist rebels have been killed in the latest bloodshed in Indonesia's province of Aceh, where thousands have died in decades of simmering violence, the official news agency Antara reported on Wednesday. Antara, quoting army spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Asep Sapari, said violence erupted between members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and security forces on Tuesday in five areas of Aceh, which lies on western tip of Sumatra island.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia polls favor former general The strains of a hearty tenor filtered out from behind the closed door of hotel room 103. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the front-runner in Indonesia's presidential race, was rehearsing a tune he would sing that morning to voters in this highland town in western Indonesia. "I know you love me, so you will choose me," the thickset former general could be heard crooning in the local Batak dialect, practicing the lyrics he learned minutes earlier, just as he has been practicing for the country's top job for the last several years.

Posted in Elections @ 28 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to end Aceh martial law; troops to stay Indonesia will end military rule in its strife-torn province of Aceh, but retain a large troop presence there, a minister said on Thursday. "Principally, the cabinet agreed to lower the status from military emergency to civil emergency," Interior Minister Hari Sabarno told reporters. "The operation to restore security is still needed and will be maintained...The threat from GAM (rebels) still exists."

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt plans to release 660 Aceh rebels soon Indonesian authorities plan to release more than 660 former members of a separatist army in Aceh province who have undergone five months of re-education, police said in a report here today. "They will, on Monday, be returned to their respective villages," said the head of the military police, Major General A.B. Sulaiman, according to Tempo Interactive on-line.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 10 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta replaces police chiefs over bloody campus raid A top police figure on Indonesia's Sulawesi island is being replaced after a violent police raid on a university protest against the arrest of a militant Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, officials said Sunday. National Police Chief General Da'i Bachtiar told reporters that South Sulawesi provincial police chief Inspector General Yusuf Manggabarani was being recalled on orders from President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Posted in Violence @ 03 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vote drags on amid slow count Indonesia appears destined for weeks of post-election limbo as President Megawati Sukarnoputri met yesterday with senior party leaders and strategists to discuss what had gone wrong. Early figures from Monday’s poll showed Mrs Megawati had defied pundits and was clinging to a slender lead over the rival Golkar party founded by the former dictator Suharto. Forecasts had suggested Golkar would romp home. With only a fraction of ballots counted, Mrs Megawati’s Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) had captured 19%, followed closely by Golkar with 15.4%.

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sentences JI leader An Indonesian court has sentenced an Islamic leader to three and a half years in prison for involvement in acts of terrorism. Abu Rusdan was found guilty of hiding one of the men who carried out the Bali bombing in 2002. Abu Rusdan was also believed to have been a caretaker leader of militant Islamic group Jemaah Islamiyah. The group has been blamed for attacks including the Bali bombing in 2002, but is not an illegal organisation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Recent violence in Central Sulawesi highlights the nature and gravity of the terrorist threat in Indonesia. Analysis suggests that while the shorter-term prospects are somewhat encouraging, there is an under-appreciated, longer-term security risk.

Posted in Religion @ 04 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels serve prison terms in Central Java Under a tight security escort 54 convicted Free Aceh Movement (GAM) members were transferred from Aceh on Thursday to prisons across Central Java to serve their sentences. The group is the first batch of 143 prisoners who will do their jail time in exile across Java.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 January 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb kills nine in Peureulak, Aceh A bomb explosion has killed nine people and injured 20 at an open-air New Year celebration, where hundreds had gathered, in Indonesia's troubled Aceh province. A military spokesman in Aceh on Thursday blamed the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) for the blast. GAM, which has fought for independence for the gas-rich province since 1976, could not be reached for comment.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 January 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


World's largest snake caught in Indonesia Indonesian villagers claim to have captured a python that is almost 15 metres (49.21 feet) long and weighs nearly 450 kilogrammes (992.07 pounds), a local official said Monday. If confirmed, it would be the largest snake ever kept in captivity. Hundreds of people have flocked to see the snake at a primitive zoo in Curugsewu village on the country's main island of Java, Republika daily reported. It splashed two large pictures of the reptile across its back page.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 30 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta sends crack troops to Aceh The Indonesian military (TNI) has escalated its security crackdown on rebels of the Free Aceh Movement with the dispatch on Christmas of three battalions of the newly-formed elite Raiders Unit to the troubled province. The crack troops - each Raider is touted to be equivalent to three normal soldiers because of the improved training and weaponry - will be tasked with hunting down leaders of the separatist movement who have waged an insurrection against Jakarta rule for the last three decades.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia welcomes capture of Saddam Indonesia has welcomed news of Saddam Hussein's capture by US forces, saying his arrest should help Iraqis to govern their own nation. "The capture of Saddam Hussein is long overdue," Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa was quoted as saying by Reuters. "It is our hope that his capture will help speed up the process of reconciliation and the transition toward a democratic government of Iraq, where sovereignty is restored in the hands of the Iraqi people," he added.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police shoot dead three suspected drug traffickers South Jakarta Police shot dead three drug trafficker suspects on Monday as a part of efforts to stamp out drug abuse and trafficking. The shootings increased the death toll of suspected drug dealers to nine in the first month of an increased crack down, since being initiated on Oct. 16. "The suspects were allegedly members of an international drug trafficking network operating in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia," said South Jakarta Police detectives chief Comr. Kusdiantoro.

Posted in Drugs @ 18 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to visit Aceh in December President Megawati Sukarnoputri will in December visit Aceh province for the first time since she placed the rebellious territory under martial law nearly six months ago, an official said Wednesday (12/11/03). Aceh Governor Abdullah Puteh said the president would inaugurate a number of projects during the visit and open a congress of about 4,000 Muslim leaders from across the province.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 12 November 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security forces hunting Poso attack mastermind A joint police and military force are pursuing Mohamadong alias Ndang accused of masterminding a series of fresh attacks in Poso and the neighboring regency of Morowali, Central Sulawesi. Sources at Poso Police Station said on Monday that Ndang was a resident of Ampana subdistrict in Poso but he often moved to other places. Security forces have been tracking him after he was spotted in Lembo subdistrict, Morowali, they added.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 21 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest five over Sulawesi attacks Indonesian police said on Saturday they had killed three men and arrested five suspected of involvement in a string of deadly attacks in Central Sulawesi province. The suspects were captured after a gunfight near the town of Poso, about 1,600 km (1,000 miles) northeast of Jakarta, on Friday night, Central Sulawesi police spokesman Agus Sugianto told Reuters via telephone from Poso. "We arrested a total of eight men, three of who were killed in a gunfight last night," said Sugianto.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Courts jail more Bali bomb accomplices Judges here on Wednesday jailed three men for more than four years for their part in last year's Bali bomb attacks in which 202 people died. In separate trials on the resort island, judges handed down sentences for the men accused of assisting those accused of the bombings, seen as the worst global terror acts after the September 11, 2002 attacks on the United States.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fourteen killed in Aceh's latest violence Fourteen people, including a policeman and 11 suspected separatist rebels, were killed in the latest violence to hit the restive Indonesian province of Acheh, police and the military said Monday. Troops shot dead one rebel and confiscated one rifle and one grenade launcher after two successive clashes in Tiro, Pidie district, on Monday, Acheh Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ahmad Yani Basuki said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another 'fund raiser' of Bali blast gets 16 years in jail A district court here sentenced another "fund raiser" of Bali bombing, Abdul Rauf, to 16 years in jail for a criminal act of terrorism. Earlier, two other fund raisers, Andi Hidayat and Junaedi, were found guilty of jointly raising funds for the October 12, 2002, bombings of two nightspots in Bali's famous tourist spot of Kuta. The three were members of the so-called "Serang Group" as they were captured for alleged crimes in Serang, a district town in the Province of Banten.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 September 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta tightens grip on Aceh and Papua Indonesia's military (TNI) showed signs this week of tightening its hold on Aceh and Papua, two resource-rich regions at either ends of the sprawling archipelago that have voiced separatist sentiments and seen much violence in recent years. On Thursday, military chief General Endriartono Sutarto said he would immediately dispatch four fresh battalions, or 2,000 troops, to Papua. The move followed violent anti-government protests in Papua that have killed five in the past two weeks.

Posted in Violence @ 06 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


319 civilians killed in troubled Aceh As many as 319 civilians have been killed in Indonesia's troubled province of Aceh, with 108 others listed as missing since an all-out military offensive was launched on May 19 aimed at crushing the 27-year-long rebellion, police officials said today. Senior Adjunct Commissioner Sayed Hoesaini, spokesman of Aceh's police, blamed the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) of being responsible for the killing of civilians.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 05 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia in all-out bid to crush Aceh rebels Indonesian troops are pressing ahead with a military offensive against separatists in the province of Aceh. After three months of fighting following the collapse of a peace deal, army commanders said more than 800 Muslim fighters had been killed and around 1,000 captured out of an estimated rebel force of 5,000 or fewer.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 31 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to get access to Hambali The United States has told the Indonesian police that they will be allowed to question a top Asian terror suspect, known as Hambali, who is in US custody at a secret location.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 August 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's national day uncertainty This Sunday is Indonesia's national day, marking the country's freedom from Dutch colonial rule. As it celebrates its 58th year as an independent nation, it is a time of celebration, but also a time of reflection.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hambali caught in Thailand - Indonesia police source Indonesia hailed on Friday the capture of Muslim militant leader Hambali, suspected mastermind of last year's deadly Bali blasts, but a top cleric voiced fear that more militants would rise up to take his place. A Thai government minister said that Hambali had been flown to Indonesia to face charges there, but there was no immediate confirmation of this in Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine civilians shot dead in Aceh A housewife and a newly-married man were among nine civilians killed in the past three days in the ongoing Government battle against separatists in Indonesia's Aceh province, the military and residents said. The housewife, 52-year-old Cut Zainabah, was executed by two unidentified men who arrived at her North Aceh house Friday night local time, a resident of the area said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia kills 15 rebels Indonesian troops waging war on separatist rebels in Aceh province have shot dead at least 15 guerrillas in one of the bloodiest days of their two-month offensive, the military said on Thursday. Government spokesperson Ahmad Yani Basuki said three members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) were killed in raids and 12 more in six firefights on Wednesday, but no soldiers were hurt.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


23 killed in latest violence in Aceh Gunbattles between soldiers and rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province left 18 insurgents dead, and the bodies of five civilians were discovered in the region, officials said Tuesday. Meanwhile, in the north Acehnese city of Lhokseumawe, lawyers for three soldiers charged with raping four women urged a court to free their clients, claiming the prosecution lacked evidence against them. The trial was adjourned.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 09 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian attacks on rebels continue Hundreds of paratroopers jumped into combat while warplanes swooped in to fire rockets at a suspected rebel base in the hills outside the provincial capital. Staged more for TV cameras than for tactical needs, the spectacular attack last Monday launched Indonesia's biggest military operation since it invaded East Timor in 1975. But a week into the campaign against separatist rebels in Aceh province, the fighting already looks a lot like the guerrilla war that people here have endured for 27 years, one marked by few strategic victories and allegations of widespread rights abuses.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 26 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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