Indonesian authorities issued warning about terrorist threat last month

JAKARTA, Indonesia - The deadly attacks Thursday in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, were not a complete surprise to Indonesian authorities, who warned last month of a credible threat.

See Full Article

The government had deployed 150,000 security personnel to safeguard churches, airports and other public places across the predominantly Muslim nation, and made a series of pre-emptive arrests. A series of arrests accompanied the warnings, as Indonesian police said they foiled a plot by suspected Muslim militants to kill government officials, law enforcement officers and others.

It's unclear whether Thursday's attacks are related to the earlier reported threat. No one has claimed responsibility.

Authorities have been keenly aware of the danger of terrorism since bombings in 2002 on the resort island of Bali killed more than 200 people, over half of them foreign tourists.

Islamist radicals have been blamed for a number of attacks around the country since the Bali bombings, which were attributed to Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked Southeast Asian group. However, Jakarta had not been targeted since the bombings in 2009 of two American-managed hotels that killed at least eight people.

The recent growth of the Islamic State group, and fears that Indonesians who joined the group's fighting in Syria could bring their struggle home, have sharpened concerns about security.

Luhut Pandjaitan, a Cabinet minister in charge of security and political affairs, said in December that the government had received serious intelligence about the possibility of attacks during the Christmas-New Year's period. National police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti sounded a similar warning.

Anti-terror police had arrested nine men in five cities on Indonesia's main island of Java, and Badrodin said intelligence gleaned from the suspects and evidence seized from their hideouts revealed an elaborate plot to kill police, government officials, Shiite followers and others considered to be enemies of their faith. The vast majority of Indonesia's more than 200 million Muslims follow the Sunni brand of Islam.

National police spokesman Maj. Gen. Anton Charliyan said the group collaborated with Indonesia militants who had fought for IS in Syria. "They want to perform a 'concert' to attract international news coverage of their existence here," he said, explaining that references in document seized in the raids using the term 'concert' referred to planned attacks.

Anton said police have identified about 240 people who have returned home out of at least 800 Indonesians who have travelled to the Middle East to join Islamic State.

At the same time, about 1,300 security personnel are hunting for Santoso, the leader of a militant group known as the East Indonesia Mujahidin. He has taken responsibility for the killing of several police officers and has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, Cabinet minister Luhut said.

Santoso also faces charges of running an extremist training camp in Poso, a flashpoint of terrorism in Central Sulawesi where a Muslim-Christian conflict killed at least 1,000 people from 1998 to 2002.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Explosions reported at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

    World News Toronto Sun
    LONDON — Several people have died following reports of an explosion Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England, police said. A representative said the singer was not injured. There were no immediate details of what happened during the concert by the American singer, but police advised the public to avoid the area around the Manchester Arena. Source
  • First World War replica bi-plane squadron to fly coast-to-coast

    Canada News CTV News
    Allan Snowie admits his goggles did “mist up” on his first pass over the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in a First World War replica bi-plane ahead of the recent 100th anniversary of the pivotal battle. Source
  • 'Number of confirmed fatalities' at Ariana Grande concert in U.K., say police

    World News CBC News
    Police say there have been a "number of confirmed fatalities" and injuries after an explosion at the Manchester Arena in northern England, where U.S. pop star Ariana Grande was giving a concert. Police statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/gaKASukx9a— @gmpolice Source
  • 'Confirmed fatalities' after serious incident at Ariana Grande show in U.K.

    World News CTV News
    Police in Manchester, U.K., say there are “a number of confirmed fatalities” after reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena, where American singer Ariana Grande performed Monday night. No details were immediately available, but people in the area have reported hearing loud bangs that sounded like explosions. Source
  • 8-year-old boy who died in Rushing River was from Winnipeg

    Canada News CBC News
    An eight-year-old boy who died while vacationing with his family in Rushing River Provincial Park over the holiday weekend was from Winnipeg. Ontario Provincial Police were called to the park, about 75 kilometres east of the Manitoba border, after the boy was reported missing around 9:45 p.m. Source
  • Dad of Times Square crash victim leaves note at her memorial

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK -- The father of a Michigan tourist killed by an out-of-control driver in Times Square left a note at a memorial for his daughter, thanking New Yorkers for their support and saying her loss was a hole in his heart "that can never be filled. Source
  • Female inmate at Ontario jail dies after being found unresponsive in cell

    Canada News CBC News
    A woman who was found unresponsive in her cell at the South West Detention Centre just outside Windsor, Ont., has died. The woman was found by correctional staff who performed first aid until an ambulance arrived, according to Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services spokesperson Andrew Morrison. Source
  • Man set afire during Venezuela protest as death toll rises

    World News CTV News
    CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is accusing protesters of setting fire to a government supporter, saying what he calls "Nazi-fascist" elements are taking root inside the opposition's ranks and contributing to a dangerous spiral of violence in the two-month anti-government protest movement. Source
  • Hugo Chavez's childhood home burned by protesters: lawmaker

    World News CTV News
    CARACAS, Venezuela -- Protesters set late President Hugo Chavez's childhood home in western Venezuela on fire Monday afternoon, an opposition lawmaker said, as protests against the nation's socialist government grew increasingly hostile. Demonstrators lit the house in the city of Barinas where Chavez spent his early years aflame along with several government buildings, including the regional office of the National Electoral Council, said Pedro Luis Castillo, a legislator who represents the…
  • Over 31 million people internally displaced in 2016: report

    World News CTV News
    Internally displaced civilians, who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State group, receive humanitarian aids at Amariyah Fallujah, Iraq, Saturday, June 25, 2016. (AP / Khalid Mohammed) Source