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Indonesia remains on alert for Christmas attacks

Indonesia’s police and military remained on alert for a feared repeat of Christmas bomb attacks as Christmas Eve passed off peacefully. East Timor President Xanana Gusmao attended midnight mass here amid a heavy security presence after 19 people were killed in church bombings on Christmas Eve, 2000. Last month’s killing of Malaysian bombmaker Azahari Husin, a key member of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) extremist network, has heightened fears of revenge attacks with Husin’s accomplice Noordin Mohammad Top still on the loose. “We will remain vigilant for the rest of the week until New Year has passed,” a police official said. The public has been warned to look out for bombs which may be gift-wrapped and left in public places and to guard against kidnappings. National deputy police spokesman Anton Bahrul Alam said bomb squads were combing possible targets nationwide. Full Story

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