Indonesia calls for vigilance in terrorism fight

Indonesia called for vigilance in terrorism fight, as counter terrorism chiefs met in Bali.

Nusa Dua: Indonesia on Monday called
for greater vigilance and cooperation in the fight against
terror, as counter-terrorism chiefs from around the world met
in Bali.

Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto told delegates
from 22 countries that Indonesia had struck a significant blow
against Southeast Asian terror networks in recent years but
there was no room for complacency.

"Although a number of terrorists have been killed,
captured and punished, some by way of execution, the entire
terrorist network has not been uncovered," he said at the
start of the International Seminar on Counter-Terrorism,
organised by Indonesia`s new National Anti-Terror Agency
(BNPT).

"The terror groups are still actively recruiting,
training and making efforts to carry out attacks."

Islamist militants with links to global networks
including al Qaeda have struck mainly Muslim Indonesia
repeatedly since 2000, notably the 2002 bombings on the resort
island of Bali, which killed 202 people, mostly Western
tourists.

Senior counter-terrorism chiefs from Australia, France,
Germany, India, Japan, Pakistan and the United States among
others are attending the three-day meeting, according to
Indonesian officials.

They are expected to discuss ways to improve cooperation
and coordination of counter-terrorism efforts across
international borders.

"Terrorism is not a problem of one country but an
international problem which requires synergy and cooperation
between various countries. No country can deal with it alone,"
Indonesian foreign ministry security official Febrian Ruddyard
said.

BNPT director Ansyaad Mbai said countries had to be more
"proactive" in combating extremist ideologies that lead to
terrorism.

"We can`t be reactive and wait for bombings and armed
attacks to take place. We must be more proactive. The best
prevention is through neutralising the radical ideologies that
trigger terror acts," he said.

PTI

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