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Bomb Squads Sweep Indonesian Churches

Bomb squads searched for explosives Saturday at churches in the capital Jakarta and its satellite cities hours before Christmas Eve celebrations amid fears that terrorists might carry out attacks to mar the holiday. Police Lt. Sulianto, who uses only one name, told The Associated Press that 80 bomb squads were being deployed at dozens of churches in Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Depok. “We have been prepared to sweep churches in the capital to make sure they are safe,” he said. The Southeast Asian terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah have been blamed for at least five suicide bombings targeting Western interests since 2002 — including Oct. 1 restaurant attacks on Bali island — that together killed more than 240 people. Full Story

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