Asian terrorists are 'bloodied but not beaten'
As survivors and victims’ relatives marked the first anniversary of the Bali bombing yesterday, security experts warned that Islamic terrorists continue to pose a threat in south-east Asia. Last October’s blast was the work of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), a regional group with close links to the al-Qa’ida network. While 200 JI members, including a former operations chief, Hambali, have been arrested, experts say that the organisation remains intact and capable of mounting another attack. Bali’s chief of police, General I Made Mangku Pastika, said recently that two large bombs assembled by JI operatives had not been traced. “This is very worrying,” he said. “Frankly, we don’t know where they are. They could be anywhere.” Hambali, who was arrested in Thailand with two aides, has reportedly told his US inquisitors that they spent months casing potential targets in Bangkok. Full Story