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10 July 2007 :: 17:07:59 pm 30772

Australians Becoming Jittery About Possible Terrorist Attacks

Not surprisingly, after losing 92 Australians killed in terrorist attacks in Bali between 2002 and 2005, and in light of recent terrorist attacks in the UK, the Australian Government is keen to keep abreast of any further attacks by Jemaah Islamiah militants.
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Based on 3-month old intelligence intercepts, the Australians issued a warning of further attacks likely in the Indonesian territory, including Bali. Australian PM, John Howard, told Australian TV, “We only give these warnings on strong intelligence. We act on the advice of our agencies.” Apparently, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer also said in a radio interview

“We don’t have any information designating a specific target or for that matter a specific time of a terrorist attack, but we have a constant flow of information about possible terrorist activity in Indonesia,” 
 In view of the fact that Jemaah Islamiah is active in the region and has promised to continue its campaign of terror, it’s wise for Australia to keep up its vigilance, especially of the terrorist airwaves. So far, Australia has never suffered a terrorist attack on home soil and the Australian Government is increasing its shield by inaugurating immigration screening to match intelligence data with a person’s travel and financial history to ascertain whether they might pose a security threat to Australia.

 

However, responding to the news, the Head of the Anti-Terror Division of Indonesia’s Security Ministry, Ansyaad Mbai, played down the imminence of attack, saying there was no increased terror threat in the country. He put it down to old information and standard terrorist hype and he told Reuters “It doesn’t mean Indonesia in particular is facing a higher risk of a terrorist threat.”

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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