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Indonesia Marks Independence on Alert and with Arrests

Indonesian security forces were on high alert Sunday, the world’s most populous Muslim nation’s independence day, after making ten arrests in connection with a deadly bomb attack on a luxury hotel. Soldiers in camouflage with assault rifles or machine-guns guarded street corners and the entrances to malls, hotels and government buildings in the capital amid warnings of more attacks by radicals. “The order for us is ‘alert one’. That is the emergency level,” national police spokesman Zainuri Lubis told Reuters. “For this independence day, we are securing Jakarta and other provinces in the ‘alert one’ status.” Australian Prime Minister John Howard said Sunday terror attacks still threatened the region, despite the recent arrest of Southeast Asia’s most wanted militant, Hambali, and that Indonesia was the immediate concern. “Because it is a national day there is thought to be a particular danger,” he said on Channel Ten television. Some 230,000 police were on duty throughout Indonesia, working alongside thousands of soldiers and undercover intelligence agents to foil any possible attacks by militant groups, the police spokesman said. Full Story

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