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Bombing Sets Back Jakarta's Anti-Terrorism Push

In the most audacious attack since the Bali bombings, terrorists exploded a bomb at Jakarta’s international airport, casting doubt on the success of Indonesia’s anti-terror campaign. The blast, near a KFC outlet in the domestic departures area, injured 11 people, including a teenager who had a leg blown off. Windows in several other restaurants and offices were smashed by the bomb, which the national police chief, General Da’i Bachtiar, said was similar to one that exploded under a bridge near the United Nations office on Thursday. KFC and other US franchises were singled out by anti-US protesters during the Iraq war, and late last year a bomb exploded in a McDonald’s restaurant in South Sulawesi, killing three people. Strenuous efforts by the Indonesian security forces to break up Jemaah Islamiah, the group accused of the Bali bombings, have been praised by Western governments. JI’s alleged leader, Abu Bakar Bashir, went on trial last Wednesday, the same day police announced they had arrested 18 JI suspects. Full Story

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