ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Security issues flare up in Asean
By David Swartzemtruber
In Indonesia, 150-kilogram bombs underneath a gas line 50 meters from a Catholic Church were discovered. The location of the bombs was tipped to police following r the arrests of 19 persons suspected of sending “book bombs” to selected targets and individuals in Indonesia.
According to a security supervisor, the bombs weighed around 150 kilograms each and were equipped with timers. They were expected to be detonated to coincide with the Good Friday celebration observance. The bombs were placed within 50 meters of the Christ Cathedral Church. Good Friday is a national holiday in Indonesia, again upholding the multi-religious concept of Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country.
This event follows the recent suicide bombing of the Cirebon police mosque in West Java, allegedly by suspect M Syarif, who will be buried at the Pondok Rangon public cemetery in East Jakarta today. This was the first time a bomb had been set off inside a mosque in Indonesia. Jakarta is under tight security for the Easter weekend, particularly near Christian churches As Indonesia continues its progress toward becoming a major world economic power, continuing terrorist attacks in the country will be a subplot in its national development. Most important will be the national strategy on how to respond to them.
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