Indonesia boosts security after bin Laden death
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 03, 2011, 18:40
Denpasar: Indonesia is beefing up security on the holiday island of Bali following the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, an official said on Tuesday.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, has been hit by multiple terror attacks including the 2002 Bali bombing which killed more than 200 people, mainly Western tourists.

Almost three years after the first Bali attack, three suicide bombers detonated explosives at tourist restaurants on the island, killing 20.

"Osama's followers will not stay silent. They're certainly moving and Indonesia will become an easy target, especially Bali because there are close links between Osama bin Laden and the Bali bombings," Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika told reporters.

"For tourists, as long as they are in Bali, we're responsible for their safety and comfort. We'll surely provide security for foreign tourists, not only Americans but everyone," he added.

Indonesian national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said police had been instructed to boost security nationwide to avoid possible reprisals.

"Especially after Osama's death... the police chief has issued instructions to the security forces to work together to prevent terror acts," he said.


First Published: Tuesday, May 03, 2011, 18:40

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