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Security beefed up in Indonesia, Philippines

[ 2011-05-04 12:39]     字号 [] [] []  
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Indonesia is beefing up security on the holiday island of Bali following the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, an official said on Tuesday.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, has been hit by multiple terror attacks including the 2002 Bali bombing which killed more than 200 people, mainly Western tourists.

Almost three years after the first Bali attack, three suicide bombers detonated explosives at tourist restaurants on the island, killing 20.

"Osama's followers will not stay silent. They're certainly moving, and Indonesia will become an easy target, especially Bali because there are close links between Osama bin Laden and the Bali bombings," Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika told reporters.

"For tourists, as long as they are in Bali, we're responsible for their safety and comfort. We'll surely provide security for foreign tourists, not only Americans but everyone," he added.

Indonesian national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said police had been instructed to boost security nationwide to avoid possible reprisals.

"Especially after Osama's death ... the police chief has issued instructions to the security forces to work together to prevent terror acts," he said.

In the Philippines, President Benigno Aquino on Monday ordered stepped-up security around the country following the killing of bin Laden, while hailing his death as a triumph over terrorism.

"The death of Osama bin Laden marks a signal defeat for the forces of extremism and terrorism," Aquino said in a statement.

"It represents the death of the efforts of one man to stoke the fires of sectarian hatred and to promote terrorism on a scale unprecedented in the history of mass murder."

The US military action that led to the death of the al-Qaida leader at his safehouse in Pakistan also brought justice to more than a dozen Filipinos who were among those slain in the Sept 11, 2001, attacks, Aquino said.


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Security beefed up in Indonesia, Philippines

Security beefed up in Indonesia, Philippines

Todd Balazovic is a reporter for the Metro Section of China Daily. Born in Mineapolis Minnesota in the US, he graduated from Central Michigan University and has worked for the China Daily for one year.