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Jakarta, maximum alert ahead of imminent execution of Bali terrorists

ICC Note:

Churches and other locations considered high-risks targets are under tight security control in Jakarta as the execution of three Islamic terrorists convicted in the 2002 Bali bombings grows imminent.


11/3/08 Indonesia (AsiaNews) The three Islamic terrorists convicted in the 2002 Bali bombings filed a new appeal today with the Supreme Court, but the authorities announced that there will be no further delay in their imminent execution. Meanwhile security measures are being stepped up for fear of retaliatory attacks.

In response, a spokesman for the Attorney-General’s Office said the bombers had exhausted all legal options and there was no change to the execution plans.

The three men were sentenced to death for the bombings in Bali’s tourist strip of Kuta Beach that killed 202 people, 88 of them Australians.

The authorities are taking no chances with the security of high-risk targets like the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport after threats of retaliatory attacks were made in the past few days.

Shopping centres, ports, embassies, Christian churches are also under tight control.

In Poso (Central Sulawesi), scene of intense Christian-Muslim sectarian clashes a few years ago, police found bomb-making material.

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