Thursday, July 16, 2009

Aussie Warned JI Would Attack

Australian security warned of Jemaah Islamiyah attack in a report yesterday.

The Canberra Times:

A day before two bombs ripped apart hotels in Jakarta, an Australian security report warned that terror group Jemaah Islamiyah could be set to strike again.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) said the group could be gaining strength following an effective police crackdown resulting in the arrest and execution of some members.

This could happen as unreconciled militants released from jail at the end of their sentences gravitated towards hardline JI offshoots continuing to advocate al-Qaeda style attacks against western targets, the study says.

The prediction came true today, with bombs exploding at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels in the Indonesian capital, ripping the facade off the Ritz and injuring several people.

ASPI security analyst Carl Ungerer and director of the International Institute for Peacebuilding in Jakarta Noor Huda Ismail said the execution of the three Bali bombing perpetrators on November 9 last year might prompt these groups into action.

"The death by firing squad of Imam Samudra, Mukhlas and Amrozi will clearly not stop the spread of their ideology," the report said.

"The group will perceive the execution as a sacred date to be leveraged in order to attract new support and recruits."

SLIDESHOW from News Nine MSN.

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