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Indonesia Braces for More Terror Attacks–Minister

Fearing that militant cells are preparing fresh attacks, Indonesian security forces are preparing “for the worst” as the New Year approaches in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, a senior minister said on Sunday. Chief Security Minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, speaking on the sidelines of a security conference in Jakarta, said Christmas and New Year celebrations as well as upcoming elections were a vulnerable time. “Understanding the behavior and the mindset of terrorists, we had better prepare for the worst,” the minister told reporters. “It means that preparing for the New Year’s celebrations or bigger events, that is elections in 2004, we have to intensify our operations in identifying threats to our security, including a possible strike by terrorists,” he said. “I cannot say now that the threat of terrorism is not imminent.” Indonesia will hold a parliamentary election on April 5 and the country’s first ever direct presidential vote on July 5. Full Story

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