Indonesian anti-terror chief sees danger in Obama`s visit
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 03, 2010, 18:30
  
Jakarta: Indonesia's counter-terrorism chief on Thursday said extremists could try to disrupt a planned visit by US President Barack Obama this month, although there was no evidence of a direct threat.

Police Colonel Mohammed Tito Karanvian said security forces had recently shattered a major new cell in the Muslim-majority country, the scene of repeated attacks including the 2002 Bali bombings which killed 202 people.

The group had targeted Westerners in Aceh province in the lead-up to Obama's visit, which was initially scheduled for March, and some of its leaders were still on the loose, he said at a lunch with reporters.

"For the current plan of the visit by Obama we haven't got any new information on a plot, but we need to pay attention and be very careful. Why? Because some of them remain at large," Karnavian said.

"The idea was already there in February. We're not really sure if the idea has already been deleted or not."

The chief of the Detachment 88 anti-terror squad said police had arrested 61 terrorists and killed 13 since discovering the new cell's training camp in Aceh in March, he said.

The Aceh cell was linked to the Jemaah Islamiyah regional terror network and other extremist groups bent on creating an Islamic caliphate across Southeast Asia, and inspired by Al-Qaeda's ideology of "holy war".

PTI


First Published: Thursday, June 03, 2010, 18:30


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