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Four alleged foreign ISIS members taken to Jakarta Four foreign citizens who have recently be seized by police in Palu, Central Sulawesi, for allegedly being involved in the ISIS network were flown to capital city Jakarta on Sunday morning.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 September 2014 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


5.3-magnitude earthquake strikes Palu A 5.3-magnitude earthquake reportedly hit the city of Palu, Central Sulawesi, on Tuesday, at 10:37 a.m. local time (GMT+8), though no tsunami warning was issued.

Posted in Earthquake @ 15 July 2014 14:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two police officers injured in clash with armed group Two police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel were injured in a clash with an armed group at Kilo village some 160 km southeast of the Central Sulawesi provincial capital of Palu on Monday at around 1 p.m.

Posted in Violence @ 03 March 2014 17:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Lewotobi alert status raised to alert level II Increased seismic activity reported in Mount Lewotobi located in the Flores Timur district in Indonesias eastern province of East Nusa Tenggara has led officials to raise its danger status to alert level II.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 February 2014 20:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Archeologists find prehistoric elephant fossils in Patiayam Archaeologists found fossils of tusk, legs and ribs of a prehistoric elephant at the Patiayam Site in Jekulo Subdistrict, Kudus District, Central Java. Spokesperson of Fossil House of Patiayam Site Ari Mustaqim stated here on Friday that the fossilized tusk is 0.5 meter long while the ribs are one meter long each.

Posted in History @ 03 January 2014 23:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Palue Island to be emptied over Mount Rokatenda danger Residents living on the tiny island of Palue, in East Nusa Tenggara,will be moved to a nearby island over concern that the erupting Mount Rokatenda could become a larger threat, a disaster mitigation agency official said on Saturday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 August 2013 04:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mountt Rokatenda in East Nusa Tengara erupts Mount Rokatenda in Palue island, East Nusa Tenggara province, erupted early Saturday, spewing ash onto a number of villages on the island. The eruption, which occurred at nearly 01.00 a.m., also was accompanied by earthquakes, local resident Bertolomeus Pelle said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 August 2013 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to build infrastructure for submarine production Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said Indonesia will soon build infrastructure for the production of submarines. The infrastructure will be built by state shipbuilding company PT PAL in Surabaya, Purnomo said after a session of the Committee for the Defense Industry Policy here on Tuesday.

Posted in Military @ 12 June 2013 00:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Total solar eclipse will occur on may 9-10 The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has predicted a total solar eclipse that will occur on May 9-10, 2013.

Posted in General @ 03 May 2013 15:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lippo Group to set up 12 hospitals in eastern regions Lippo Group plans to set up around 12 hospitals in eastern regions next year, its president, Theo L Sambuaga said. "Around 12 hospitals will be built in the future including general hospitals in several eastern regions such as Ambon, Palu, Sorong, Ternate and Kupang," he said at the Grand Opening of Siloam Hospital here on Wednesday.

Posted in Health @ 17 April 2013 20:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No pregnant students allowed to sit for exams No pregnant students are allowed to sit for national examination even though they have been registered, a local education official said. "That`s the rule we must abide by altogether," Rustam Akkas, the head of the secondary education section at the Palu city education and teaching office, said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 April 2013 00:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcanic ashes still cover Palue Island Volcanic ashes are still covering Palue Island, East Nusa Tenggara Province, following another eruption of Mount Rokatenda on Monday, Deputy District Head of Sikka Damianus Wera said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 March 2013 21:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Terrorists seeking to break army-police unity The chief of the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT), Ansyaad Mbai, said terrorists were seeking to break the military- police unity to weaken the power of law enforcers.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 February 2013 17:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rokatenda eruption forces 2,675 people to take refuge Some 2,675 residents of Palue Island, Sikka and Ende Districts, East Nusa Tenggara Province, were forced to take refuge as Mount Rokatenda has erupted since Saturday evening.

Around 1,552 refugees are inhabitants of Sikka and the rest from Ende, Deputy District Head of Sikka Damianus Wera said here on Wednesday. They have taken refuge in Maumere, the capital of Sikka, and Maurole, Ende District.


Inhabitants of five villages on Palue Island, however, have refused to leave their villages despite the volcanic eruption. Food and clean water have been distributed to the refugees as well as villagers who have decided to stay in their homes.


Mt Rokatenda erupted on Saturday evening and spewed ash into the sky at a height of between 3.000-4.000 meters above the sea level. The volcanic ash fell as mud rains into four districts on Flores Island, namely Maumere, Ende, Nagekeo and Ngada. The emergency status of Mt Rokatenda eruption has been raised to alert status (level III).

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 February 2013 15:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Body of terrorist suspect belongs to Jipo Police confirmed that the body of a terrorist suspect killed during a firefight with police Densus 88 anti-terrorist squad in Poso belongs to M Choiri alias Jipo alias Iben hailing from Bima, West Nusa Tenggara.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2012 15:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso secure and roads accessible after operations Central Sulawesi police chief Brigadier General Dewa Parsana said Poso has now been secure after anti-terrorism police operations that left one terrorist suspect dead.

Posted in Protests @ 03 November 2012 18:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Terrorist killed on shootout in Poso Hundred of police and army officers led by anti-terrorist detachment better known as Densus 88 were engaged in shoot out against suspected terrorists, and killed one of them in the Central Sulawesi district of Poso early this morning .

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 October 2012 11:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Rokatenda continues to spew volcanic ash Mount Rokatenda in East Nusa Tenggara province again spewed volcanic ash up to tens of meters into the sky on Monday, a spokesman said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 October 2012 21:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine Al-Qaeda Indonesia members detained Police have formally detained nine Al-Qaeda Indonesia members for their alleged involvement in terrorist activities across the country.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2012 21:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Journalist hit by stray bullet in Maralowa A reporter from Nuansa TV in Palu, Central Java, has been hit by a stray bullet when covering a communal clash between villagers in Marawola in the district of Sigi, Central Sulawesi.

Posted in Violence @ 21 August 2012 17:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake jolts North Maluku A quake measuring 5.8 on the Richter Scale jolted Morotai island in North Maluku at 10.31pm on Saturday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 August 2012 04:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests Buol district head over alleged corruption Central Sulawesi`s Buol District Head Amran Batalipu was arrested as a suspect in a corruption case linked to oil palm plantation licensing on Friday. "He is on the way to Jakarta for questioning over alleged bribery," Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Johan Budi said here on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 July 2012 09:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has 143 social-conflict-prone areas Indonesia contains 143 social-conflict-prone areas, according to the Disadvantaged Regions Ministry. "Indonesia has 183 disadvantaged regions, 143 of which are conflict-prone areas - many of them in eastern Indonesia," said the Deputy Minister for the Development of Special Regions at the Ministry for Disadvantaged Regions, Suprayoga Hadi, here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 08 May 2012 16:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Palu immigration office deports foreigners The Central Sulawesi Immigration Office eventually decided to deport Malhotra Sanjai, an Indian, who had been caught along with some other foreigners from Singapore.

Posted in Crime @ 22 April 2012 15:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest two suspects in Palu arson case Police have arrested two teenagers on charges of setting a house on fire during a brawl between two groups on April 4 in the Central Sulawesi provincial capital of Palu.

Posted in Violence @ 07 April 2012 13:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police chief: 'Hundreds of police officers fired every year' Hundreds of police officers have been dismissed every year in Indonesia for various violations, a senior police official claimed on Thursday. The police force fires 200 to 500 officers each year for various offences, National Police Deputy Chief Commissioner General Nanan Sukarna Said during a visit to Palu, Central Sulawesi.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2012 08:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Archaeologists find cutting tools in Kudus A team of archaeologists from Yogyakarta Archaeology Center found three cutting tools in excavations near the Terban village hall in Jekulo sub district, Kudus district, Central Java province, a local official said here Monday.

Posted in History @ 15 February 2012 08:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Lokon erupted again this morning The Mount Lokon volcano in North Sulawesi province has erupted again this morning at 07:58 local time (00:58 GMT). The volcano now emitted an amount of ash into the sky with heights up to 200 meters. This eruption is seen as a small one.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 September 2011 06:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia deploys Navy ships after second death in Tiaka riots The Indonesian government on Tuesday deployed two Navy ships to the northeastern island of Tiaka after a second death was reported due to ongoing riots.

Posted in Violence @ 24 August 2011 13:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fierce riots on Indonesia's Tiaka Island leaves one dead At least one person was shot dead on Monday after riots broke out on the northern Indonesian island of Tiaka, officials said on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 23 August 2011 07:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Over 5,000 return home after Mount Lokon eruptions Over 5,000 evacuated residents following the eruptions in Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, have begun returning to their homes, officials said on Monday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 July 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two fresh eruptions at Indonesia's Mount Lokon Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, on Monday erupted twice, as thousands of residents have been forced to evacuate the area, officials said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 July 2011 19:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest two more terror suspects over shooting Indonesian police arrested two men believed to have been involved in a shooting last month of two police officers, the Jakarta Globe reported on Wednesday. National Police said the two men were suspected of supplying ammunition in the deadly attack at a police post in Poso, Central Sulawesi. The police are still searching for three other more suspects.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 June 2011 00:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police kill two terror suspects Indonesian police on Saturday killed two terrorism suspects believed to have been involved in a shooting last month of two police officers, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 June 2011 18:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two police officers killed in suspected terror attack Two police officers were killed on Wednesday in a suspected terror attack in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, authorities said. It was reported that Second Brigs. Gustiar Yudistira and Andi Ibrar were gunned down by unidentified assailants on motorcycles in the province's capital, Palu. A third officer, Second Brig. Dedi Edwar, is in the hospital after receiving a gunshot wound.

Posted in Crime @ 25 May 2011 23:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police open fire against protesting crowds Indonesian police opened fire against protesters on Wednesday following the adoption of the controversial "shoot-on-sight" law, which allows police forces to use live ammunition to control riots and other anarchic situations, local media reported.

Posted in Violence @ 21 October 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda expands regional route network Bisnis.com reports that Garuda Indonesia will open 18 new regional routes commencing January 16, 2009. Pujobroto, the Airline's Corporate Vice-President, depicted the opening of the new routes as part of Garuda's overall growth plan. "The development of the new routes will be supported by 14 new Boeing 737NG that will begin gradually arriving in mid-2009," explained the Garuda official.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 10 January 2009 08:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb found in shopping center area in Palu A low explosive bomb was found in a shopping center area in Palu of Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province on Tuesday, ahead of the Muslim festival of Idul Fitri, local police said. The hand-made bomb covered with a plastic bag was found after midnight on a side of Jalan Danau Poso street in Palu, provincial police spokesman Irfaizal Nasution said.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2008 16:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fight between residents ended in Palu city Again a fight between residents from two areas in the city of Palu, Central Sulawesi, has been broken up by armed police. Residents from Tavanjuka and Nunu were fighting again. They brought big cutting blades, sticks and other materials to fight with.

Posted in Violence @ 08 December 2007 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Power outages in Solo area after tower collapse A number of areas in and around Solo, central Java,were hit by power outages starting from 19:00 local time (GMT+7) yesterday evening.These outages were caused by the collapse of one power in the area of Klaten, central Java, that supports a number of high voltage power cables. Outages hit the areas of Palur, Solo city and parts of Wonogiri. Outages lasted around one hour.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 November 2007 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pressure to cancel the 'Honoris Causa Award' for Jakarta governor Open Letter to the Rector and Students Senate of the Diponegoro University in Semarang

Posted in Human rights @ 06 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flooding in Central Sulawesi Heavy rain since last week has inundated at least 3,600 houses and forced 14,400 people from 10 sub-districts in the Indonesian province of central Sulawesi to leave their homes. The most affected areas are Talise (Palu Selatan), Kolaka (Palu Barat) and Maesa (Palu Utara).

Posted in Flooding @ 15 May 2007 02:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono visits Palu President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono arrived in Palu this morning for a two-day working visit to the province. The head of state and the First Lady Ani Yudhoyono arrived there with a special presidential plane, RJ-85 which landed at the local airport at nine in the morning after departing from Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, Denpasar Bali.

Posted in Politics @ 30 April 2007 10:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso residents fear alleged arrival of millitants Residents of the troubled Muslim town of Poso, in Central Sulawesi province, have expressed concern over allegations that jihadist paramilitary troops have left Java and are due in Poso, where another police raid led to the arrest of two suspected terrorists on Thursday. The latest raid followed two more in January that left 17 Islamic militants dead. Levi Bagu, resident of the Kapompa Village, Labuan, Poso, is worried that the arrival of militants could unsettle Poso even more. "I just want to live in peace," Bagu told Adnkronos International (AKI).

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 03 February 2007 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schools closed in Poso after clashes Some schools were closed in Indonesia's troubled Poso region on Tuesday a day after 12 people were killed in a clash between police and suspected Islamic militants, but there was no more violence, officials said. One policeman was among those killed in the clashes after a raid on a militant hideout.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 January 2007 08:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant admits to beheading Christian girls ensions remained high in Indonesia’s volatile region of Poso Saturday, January 20, after a key Islamic militant admitted to taking part in the killing of three Christian high school girls there in 2005. He reportedly also confessed to shooting the Rev. Susianty Tinulele to death in Palu in 2004.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 21 January 2007 09:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sulawesi police say they killed senior JI militant Indonesian police shot dead what they called a senior member of the regional militant group Jemaah Islamiah on Thursday on Sulawesi island, the same day a mob killed a policeman at a funeral for another militant. National Police spokesman Anton Bachrul Alam said the militant, named as Riyan and also known as Abdul Hakim, died in a raid in Maengkol Poso in Central Sulawesi.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 January 2007 15:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia charges three over beheading of schoolgirls Three Muslim men have been charged in connection with the beheading of three Christian school girls last year in an Indonesian province fraught with sectarian tension, and face possible death sentences if convicted, their lawyer said Friday. The three men — Hasanuddin, Lilik Purnomo and Irwanto Irano — are being charged under Indonesia's harsh anti-terrorism law for their roles in the deaths of three girls and the injuring of a fourth in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, a statement from the Attorney General's Office said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 04 November 2006 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says violence in Sulawesi is terrorism The recent violence, including the killing of a priest, which occurred in Central Sulawesi province was not triggered by sectarian sentiment but terrorism, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said here Friday. The vice president claimed that the communal conflict between Muslims and Christians had been terminated before the peace accord of Molino was achieved in 2001 and afterwards, there was no more religious hatred that sparked into violence, unless terrorist acts.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 21 October 2006 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christian pastor shot dead in Sulawesi An unidentified gunman shot dead a Christian pastor on Monday in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, officials and church groups said, sparking fears of a return to sectarian fighting that once gripped the region. Reverend Irianto Kongkoli was shot in the head when he was buying construction materials at a shop in the provincial capital of Palu, 1,650 km (1,030 miles) northeast of Jakarta, the Central Sulawesi government said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 16 October 2006 14:34 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


Crowds riot over execution of three Christians Indonesians rioted yesterday after the executions of three Christian men convicted of leading an attack on a Muslim boarding school that killed 200 people. Tensions flared in central Sulawesi as the trio's death by firing squad was carried out, with anger increasing as it emerged that at least one of the men's bodies was buried against his family's wishes and without the family being able to view his corpse.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 September 2006 14:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3 put to death for leading attacks on Muslims Three Christian militants were executed by firing squad early Friday for leading attacks on Muslims six years ago that left 70 people dead, sparking fresh sectarian clashes on restive Sulawesi island, police said. Mobs torched cars and police posts in several villages before security forces restored order, said Maj. Rudy Sufahriyadi, the Poso police chief. Elsewhere they blockaded roads and threw stones at houses and government offices. At least three people were hurt.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 22 September 2006 15:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sets date for execution of Christian militants Three Indonesian Christian militants convicted of leading a mob that killed Muslims will be executed on Thursday, the convicts' lawyer said, but there was no immediate word on the fate of their clemency appeals. Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus Silva were sentenced to death in 2001 after being found guilty of leading a Christian mob in an attack that killed more than 200 people at an Islamic boarding school during Muslim-Christian clashes in Central Sulawesi's Poso region.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 September 2006 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five in Sulawesi tested for bird flu Five people have been admitted to hospital on Indonesia's Sulawesi island with bird flu-like symptoms and local authorities have sought funds from the government to help cull poultry, officials said on Wednesday. Samples from the patients in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province, have been sent to a government laboratory in Jakarta to be tested for bird flu, said Runizar Ruesin, head of the ministry's bird flu information centre. No further details about the five people were available.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 August 2006 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute Christians despite clemency request Indonesia will execute three Christians, on death row for triggering sectarian violence among a mob in 2000, despite renewed pleas for clemency earlier this week, National Police chief General Sutanto said here on Wednesday. General Sutanto said the men's fresh bid for pardon would not be valid due to it being against the country's law, which does not allow two requests to be submitted within two years of each other.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 31 August 2006 06:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Christians on death row seek clemency Three Christian militants facing execution in Indonesia after being convicted of leading a mob that killed Muslims have made a fresh appeal to the president for clemency, a presidential spokesman said on Monday. The three had sent a letter to the office of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, presidential spokesman Andi Mallarangeng said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 28 August 2006 14:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pope calls on Indonesia for clemency Pope Benedict has called on Indonesia to stop the imminent execution of three Christian militants convicted of killing Muslims, as thousands of Indonesians held a prayer vigil opposing the death penalty. Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus Silva were to face a firing squad just after midnight at a secret location in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province, a spokesman for the Indonesian attorney general has said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 12 August 2006 14:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Noordin's five aides reportedly arrested in Palu Indonesian police arrested five people, accused of being aides of Noordin M. Top, who was claimed as the Southeast Asian No. 1 terrorist leader, in Central Sulawesi provincial capital of Palu, a report says on Sunday. The five people, who were arrested on Saturday evening, are identified as Aprianto alias Irwan, Arman alias Haris, Nano, AbdulMuis, and Asrudin, according to report of Antara news agency.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 May 2006 19:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No reprieve for Poso 3, officials say Prosecutors insisted Sunday the death sentence for three men convicted for their role in the sectarian conflict in Poso, Central Sulawesi, would be carried out soon despite mounting calls for a stay of execution. Central Sulawesi Prosecutor's Office head M. Jahja Sibe said technical difficulties were holding up the execution of Fabianus Tibo, 60, Marinus Riwu, 54, and Dominggus da Silva, 43, three Christians who were convicted of masterminding a series of attacks on Muslims in Poso in 2000.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 03 April 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Execution of Poso convicts postponed The execution of three Christians convicted of masterminding the 2001 sectarian conflict in Poso, Central Sulawesi, has been postponed for "technical reasons", the Attorney General's Office said Saturday. The Attorney General's Office had earlier announced that the three would be executed at the end of March after their plea for presidential clemency was rejected.

Posted in Violence @ 02 April 2006 17:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A religious conflict tamed Despite a flurry of warnings about possible violence over the holidays, residents in this capital of Central Sulawesi Province, thought the bomb blast that ripped through a nearby pork-selling market on New Year's Eve was an earthquake. They were convinced, like so many others in the region, that the communal tensions that erupted into deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians five years ago were a thing of the past. Even after finding out it was a bomb, they condemned it as simply the work of a small group of "terrorists."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military chief denies clash with police in Central Sulawesi A high-ranking military chief denied that rival factions of the armed forces and police have clashed in the restive province of Central Sulawesi, a local media report said Tuesday. Major General Arief Budi Sampurna, chief of the Wirabuana Regional Military Command overseeing Sulawesi, denied the incident took place and said military and police were conducting joint patrols for the Muslim holy day of Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice).

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 10 January 2006 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia sets up team to tackle Sulawesi violence Indonesia has set up a special counter-terrorism team to try to halt bloodshed in the country's east after a bomb attack on a Christian market which killed seven people, the chief security minister said on Wednesday. The bombing last Saturday hit a market in the city of Palu, capital of Central Sulawesi province.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 04 January 2006 20:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sulawesi police find traces of Palu bomb blast The bomb exploded at a market on last Saturday morning in Indonesia's province of Central Sulawesi that claimed seven fatalities was wrapped with the head of a mortar round and ball bearings, police said here Tuesday. National Police deputy spokesman Sr. Commissioner Anton Bahrul Alam told a press conference here that traces of potassium chlorate, aluminum and sulfur were also found at the bomb site, a market stall which sold pork in the provincial capital of Palu.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 03 January 2006 19:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detain man after market bombing Indonesian police have detained a man and tightened road blocks around the city of Palu in a hunt for those responsible for killing seven people in a nail bomb attack on a Christian market on New Year's Eve. Police said on Sunday that several locations in Palu, capital of volatile Central Sulawesi province in the country's east, had also been raided. They declined to give details.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 01 January 2006 10:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb blast kills seven in Palu A bomb packed with nails exploded in a crowded Christian market selling pork ahead of New Year celebrations in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, killing seven people and wounding 47, police said. The blast in Palu, capital of volatile Central Sulawesi province, came after warnings of militant violence during the Christmas and New Year season in Indonesia.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 31 December 2005 10:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesians observe peaceful Christmas Indonesians observed Christmas peacefully across the country as tens of thousands of police and troops remained on high alert for possible terrorist attacks. The security forces had earlier warned of possible terrorist attacks during the Christmas and New Year holidays as militants might seek revenge for the killing last month of Malaysian bomb-expert Azahari bin Husin, a senior member of the regional terror network Jamaah Islamiyah (JI), during a police raid in East Java.

Posted in General @ 26 December 2005 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gunmen shoot and wound Christian couple in Sulawesi Police in Indonesia say masked gunmen have shot and wounded a Christian couple in the latest violence to hit the Province of Central Sulawesi. The say university lecturer and his wife were shot as they made their way home from a church service on a motorcycle in the provincial capital Palu.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 20 November 2005 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Palu villagers seek refuge after clash The deadly clash between the police and followers of sect leader Madi almost two weeks ago, and the ensuing hunt for him, have caused hundreds of people to seek refuge in the Central Sulawesi capital of Palu.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 08 November 2005 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Mahdi shot but remains at large Mahdi, a little-known Islamic sect leader, was shot in the leg during last week's deadly clash that killed five people, and may now be hiding on Mount Panggero in Donggala regency, Central Sulawesi, his followers told police on Sunday.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 31 October 2005 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


 20 arrested in raid on sect in Palu Penetrating rugged hills in Palu, police on Wednesday arrested 20 suspected members of a shadowy religious sect who were assumed responsible for the killing of three police officers on Tuesday.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 27 October 2005 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four dead in police clash with sect in Sulawesi A clash between police and machete-wielding members of a shadowy Islamic sect on Indonesia's eastern Sulawesi island has killed four people, three of them officers, a senior policeman said on Wednesday. The fighting a day earlier on the rugged hills just outside the Central Sulawesi provincial capital of Palu broke out when police sought to apprehend the leader of a tiny sect which has been branded deviant by local Muslim clerics.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 26 October 2005 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A strong quake prompts panic in Sulawesi An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale on Sunday rocked an area in the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi, prompting widespread panic but no casualties or significant damage, officials said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 July 2005 13:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More suspects held over Tentena bombings Police have arrested six more people they believe are involved in the Saturday bombings in Tentena, Central Sulawesi, with suspicions now surfacing that some of the alleged perpetrators were linked to a riot in a neighboring province last year.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 02 June 2005 11:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Fresh earthquake jolts western Java, no casualties Two earthquakes, the strongest measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, shook Indonesia, injuring several people and damaging houses, officials said. The resort island of Bali and Lombok were shaken by the more powerful of the two quakes at 10:00 pm (1400 GMT), some 15 kilometres (10 miles) southwest of Lombok's capital Mataram, seismology officials said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful quake rocks Sulawesi Island A powerful earthquake rocked parts of Indonesia's Sulawesi Island on Monday, damaging around 30 houses, officials said. No injuries were immediately reported. The epicenter of the 6.2-magnitude quake was initially determined to be over the central part of Sulawesi, Indonesia, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of the city of Palu, said Suharjono, a seismologist in Jakarta. It struck just before dawn.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia secures churches as fears of terror attacks grow Muslim-dominated Indonesia on Monday ordered more security at potential flashpoints after renewed attacks on Christian churches sparked fears of a repeat of deadly Christmas Eve bombings four years ago. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told police chiefs to be on alert for possible terrorist attacks around the country after two attacks on churches in Central Sulawesi province late Sunday left three people seriously injured.

Posted in Violence @ 14 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Assailants attack two churches in Indonesia, three injured Unidentified attackers opened fire on two churches in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province on Sunday, injuring three people in the latest in a series of attacks on Christian targets in the region. The attackers, who were riding motorbikes, also hurled a bomb outside one of the churches in the town of Palu, causing minor damage, police spokesman Rais Adam said. Both buildings were packed with worshippers.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 14 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Central Sulawesi rocked by strong earthquake A strong earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hit Central Sulawesi province on Wednesday but caused no damage or casualties, meteorology officials said. The quake struck at 5:48 am local time (4:48 a.m. Jakarta time) and was centered deep beneath the sea bed in the Strait of Makassar, some 37 kilometers west of the Sulawesi town of Donggala, a meteorology office statement said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 November 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gunmen attack Palu church, kill minister Unidentified gunmen burst into a Christian church in central Indonesia and opened fire, killing the female minister and wounding four worshippers, police said Monday. The killing took place in Palu, central Sulawesi province, which has been hit by sporadic violence between Muslims and Christians since 2001. At least 1,000 people have been killed.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court rules acquitted JI trio must not walk free Indonesia's supreme court has ordered three suspected members of the Jemaah Islamiyah network should remain in detention despite their acquittal on terrorism charges by an appeal court last month. A spokesman for the attorney-general's office says the ruling was issued last week pending the outcome of a counter-appeal by prosecutors to the supreme court.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight bridges collapse in C. Sulawesi after flooding Eight bridges in Central Sulawesi have collapsed in floods caused by incessant rain over the past two weeks. The natural disaster, which is common during the wet season, also cut roads linking several parts of the province, an official said on Saturday. Mashud Kasim, the head of the Central Sulawesi Office of Settlement and Regional Infrastructure, said damages that the provincial government would have to bear amounted to Rp 38.5 billion (US$4.5 billion).

Posted in Flooding @ 29 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian churches and cops beef up security Around 150,000 police officers, about two-thirds of the total force, will be deployed in Indonesia to thwart possible terrorist strikes against churches during the Christmas season. At the same time, Christian communities from around the country are stepping up their own vigilance following warnings of possible attacks by Al-Qaeda and its Muslim militant associates during the year-end festive season.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


High court asked to cancel price hikes Opposition to recent price hikes in Indonesia mounted Wednesday as groups urged the Supreme Court to block the move and protesters attacked offices of President Megawati Sukarnoputri's party. Protests have continued almost daily across the country since early January in the most widespread public challenge to Megawati's 18-month administration.

Posted in Protests @ 16 January 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protesters and police clash; shootings reported Indonesian police give chase during a brief scuffle with protesters in front of the presidential palace in JakartaProtests against price increases of up to 22 percent for basic services turned violent Thursday, with police shooting two demonstrators in one city and using batons against rock throwers in the capital. For the fourth day, thousands of students, workers and activists demonstrated in at least 15 cities against price increases for fuel, telephone and electricity. They chanted anti-government slogans, burned tires, hijacked an empty fuel truck and demanded the removal of the current government.

Posted in Protests @ 09 January 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel protests grow Indonesians have held a third day of protests around the country against rises in fuel and utility charges, as students, labour and political groups called for bigger protests on Thursday. Hundreds of students in Palu, Central Sulawesi province, burnt portraits of President Megawati Sukarnoputri and Vice President Hamzah Haz, the Detikcom online news service reported.

Posted in Protests @ 09 January 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shares down on fear of escalating protests Indonesian shares are lower early Wednesday as blue chips fall further on concerns that protests against recent price and tariff hikes will escalate, dealers said. At 0245 GMT, the Jakarta Stock Exchange Composite index was down 0.5%, or 2.067 points, at 392.452. Decliners lead gainers 13 to four, with 12 stocks unchanged. Volume is light at 11 million shares valued at 25 billion rupiah (€ 1=IDR 9,291).

Posted in Protests @ 08 January 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police find stash of explosive material in Palu Police on Tuesday found a half-tonne of ammonium nitrate, the same explosive material used in the Bali bombings. It was the second such discovery in a week.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 31 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta finds chemical same as used in Bali blasts Indonesian police found on Wednesday 250 kilograms of ammonium nitrate -- the same material used in the Bali bombings -- in Central Sulawesi province that had been hit by bloody religious conflicts in recent years. The chemicals were seized from a car as the world's largest Muslim nation stepped up security on fears over a repeat of the Christmas Eve church bombings two years ago, in which 19 people were killed, and following the October bomb blasts in Bali that left almost 200 people dead, mostly foreigners.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 25 December 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chinese firms interested in S. Sulawesi railway sector Chinese businessmen engaged in the railway industry are interested in the South Sulawesi provincial administration's plan to build a 155-kilometer railway track connecting Makassar with Parepare, South Sulawesi Governor HZB Palaguna has said.

Posted in Economy @ 28 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government delays fuel price hike The government abruptly delayed on Thursday the planned fuel price hike a day before it was due to come into effect, saying it had to weigh further the political, social and security implications which might arise. The decision was announced by Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Purnomo Yusgiantoro, after an economic meeting chaired by Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri at Merdeka Selatan Palace.

Posted in Economy @ 15 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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