Police in Indonesia are throwing a huge security blanket over thousands of churches, shopping malls and hotels to thwart attacks by Muslim militants during Christmas and New Year celebrations, officers said yesterday. The campaign, involving 130,000 personnel, comes after foreign governments warned that intelligence indicated attacks on Western and local targets were being planned in Indonesia. Hundreds of people have died, many of them foreign tourists, in attacks blamed on al-Qaeda-linked militants in recent years. Nerves have been rattled in the past week by false alarms, including loud blasts from a probable meteor shower and a dud grenade found in the car park of the Jakarta Hilton hotel. Full Story
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