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Indonesia Warns of New Attacks by Jemaah Islamiah

Indonesia has issued a strong warning about possible attacks from the militant Jemaah Islamiah organization, urging Southeast Asia to be on alert for more action from the Muslim group blamed for the deadly Bali bombings. Chief security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said one reason to be on guard was the escape from the Philippines of alleged Jemaah Islamiah bombmaker Fathur Rohman al-Ghozi, an Indonesian who broke out of a Manila prison on Monday. Jemaah Islamiah, a regional group linked to al Qaeda, has been blamed for last year’s Bali bombings which killed 202 people, mostly foreigners. It wants an Islamic state in parts of Southeast Asia. “It’s very possible that Jemaah Islamiah, whose elements are spread throughout Southeast Asia, will carry out fresh criminal actions,” Yudhoyono told a news conference. “We cannot say terrorism in Indonesia and Southeast Asia has reduced. Moreover, from what we’ve found there are indications terrorist movements in Southeast Asia will tend to carry out more of the actions they have planned and prepared for.” Full Story

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