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Al Qaeda Linked Suspects Killed in Bali!

Interesting Article: "Suspected terrorists killed in shootout with police in Bali" by Kathy Quiano / Jakarta published Monday, March 19th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Five suspcted terrorists were killed Sunday in a shootout with police on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, a spokesman for Indonesia's National Police said Monday. The suspects were planning to rob several jewelry stores to help fund their alleged terror plots, and planned on making at least two thefts Sunday night, said Senior Commander Boy Rafli Amar of the National Police. Would you like to know more?

Indonesia's counter-terrorism police, who had been following the suspects for a month, conducted two raids on hotels in the Denpasar area of Bali on Sunday night. Gunfire was exchanged before the suspected terrorists were killed, Amar said. Two guns and ammunition were recovered from the two sites, he said.

Several semiautomatic guns, ammunition magazines and masks also were found during raids on a bungalow and a boarding house late Sunday, said Saud Usman Nasution, a national police spokesman. The elite anti-terror unit opened fire after the suspects tried to escape with guns blazing, said Hariadi, a police spokesman on Bali. It was not immediately disclosed if any officers were wounded.

According to convicted militants, the cell's goal had been to raise money through armed robberies and other illegal activities so they could launch a series of gun attacks on Western targets and carry out high-profile assassinations. Deadly attacks since then targeted an embassy, hotels and restaurants, almost all blamed on the al-Qaida-linked militant network, Jemaah Islamiyah, and a violent splinter group.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade yesterday updated its travel advice in response to the "disruption of (an) alleged terrorist cell in Bali". The leader of the group, a 32-year-old identified only as HN, had been on Indonesia's most wanted list for two years and was believed to have been involved in an armed robbery of the CIMB Niaga bank in Medan in North Sumatra in 2010.

They had scoped out several potential targets - all in areas extremely popular with tourists - including a moneychanger on Jalan Sriwijaya, Kuta, a jewelry store on Jalan Uluwatu, Jimbaran, and a Denpasar Cafe named Lavida Loca.

The elite anti-terror unit opened fire after the suspects tried to escape with guns blazing, said Hariadi, a police spokesman on Bali. It was not immediately disclosed if any officers were wounded. Members of Detachment 88 swooped in Sunday night to surround a bungalow used by the suspects near Sanur beach and a boarding house nine miles (15 kilometers) away, sparking the deadly shootouts, police said.

Authorities say the dead men were part of a broader network, and that others from the group are still at large. ''This group is a dangerous group and they have [an organizational] structure in various provinces,'' a senior counterterrorism official, Petrus Golose, told a parliamentary committee yesterday.

Lowy Institute poll of Indonesian attitudes to be released today shows a small but significant proportion of Indonesians are hostile to Australia. About 12 per cent were in favor of the Indonesian government encouraging militant groups to attack, and 15 per cent supported a boycott of Australian goods.



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