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U.S. Firms Targeted in Jakarta

The Jemaah Islamiah extremist network, accused of bombing nightclubs in Bali and the Marriott hotel in Jakarta, is suspected of planning attacks on U.S. oil companies and other targets in the Indonesian capital. Among the potential targets are the Jakarta headquarters of Halliburton Co., Exxon Mobil Corp. and Unocal Corp., according to a confidential document reviewed by The Times. Indonesian police officials warned at least seven U.S. companies last month that their names were found in papers uncovered during a raid on the house of suspected Jemaah Islamiah members in the central Javan city of Semarang. During the raid, investigators found a ton of explosives and uncovered evidence that Jemaah Islamiah was planning to bomb targets in the district of Jakarta where the JW Marriott Hotel was located. At the time, police did not identify the Marriott as a target and were unable to prevent the attack Tuesday that killed 11 people and injured about 150. Full Story

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