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ICC Note: It would appear that Christians in Indonesia were able to celebrate Christmas without any attacks by Muslims

Marks Christmas Punctuated with Terror Warnings

By Heda Bayron

12/25/06 Indonesia (VOA) Millions of Christians in Asia celebrated Christmas in peace despite what have become annual warnings of possible terror attacks. Flooding and storms have also dampened the holidays for some. VOA’s Heda Bayron has more from Hong Kong .

Thousands of police have been deployed to secure Christian churches in Indonesia .

Jakarta ‘s Catholic Cathedral and other churches were packed for Christmas mass even as Western governments warned all week of possible bombings targeting churches during the holidays.

Masses were held without incident.

Predominantly Muslim Indonesia has taken annual precautions since 2000 when it suffered a series of church bombings during Christmas that killed 19 people.

Pakistani Christian women attend a Christmas mass in Islamabad , 25 Dec. 2006

In Pakistan Monday, the U.S. Embassy warned of possible attacks against American interests, which could include car bombs, on or about December 25.

Security was also heightened in Christian-majority Philippines as millions jammed churches to attend traditional Christmas Eve masses.

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