Govt Says Greater Efforts Needed to Battle Terrorism

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The central government urged greater vigilance and cooperation in the fight against terrorism, as counterterrorism chiefs from around the world met in Bali on Monday.

Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto told delegates from 22 countries that Indonesia had struck a significant blow against Southeast Asian terror networks in recent years but there was no room for complacency.

“Although a number of terrorists have been killed, captured and punished, some by way of execution, the entire terrorist network has not been uncovered,” he said at the start of the International Seminar on Counter-Terrorism, organised by Indonesia’s new National Anti-Terror Agency (BNPT).

“The terror groups are still actively recruiting, training and making efforts to carry out attacks.”

Islamist militants with links to global networks including Al-Qaeda have struck mainly Muslim Indonesia repeatedly since 2000, notably the 2002 bombings in Bali, which killed 202 people, mostly Western tourists.

Senior counter-terrorism chiefs from Australia, France, Germany, India, Japan, Pakistan and the United States among others are attending the three-day meeting.

They are expected to discuss ways to improve cooperation and coordination of counter-terrorism efforts across international borders.

“Terrorism is not a problem of one country but an international problem which requires synergy and cooperation between various countries. No country can deal with it alone,” Indonesian foreign ministry security official Febrian Ruddyard said.

BNPT director Ansyaad Mbai said countries had to be more “proactive” in combating extremist ideologies that lead to terrorism.

“We can’t be reactive and wait for bombings and armed attacks to take place. We must be more proactive. The best prevention is through neutralising the radical ideologies that trigger terror acts,” he said.

Scores of suspected Islamist militants have been killed or captured in Indonesia since the last major attack — twin suicide blasts on US-owned luxury hotels in central Jakarta that killed seven people last year.

Three men convicted of organising the 2002 Bali bombings were executed by firing squad in 2008.

Another Indonesian Islamist, Hambali, is in Guantanamo Bay for allegedly plotting the Bali suicide bombings on behalf of regional terror network Jemaah Islamiyah.

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One Response to “Govt Says Greater Efforts Needed to Battle Terrorism”

  1. Sofiandy Zakaria Says:

    Terrorism and radicalism in general is actually contradicted to any religions, whatever the relegion. But some moslems assume that terrorism is designed as conspiracy between US adminitration and her/his alliances to discredit moslem and Islam.
    Root of causes of terrorism lies on misleading perception and understanding of Islamic principles, limited access to education, and poverty in some Islamic contries. In additon to those problems some Islamic countries paticularly in developing countries adopted western development model which is not always appropiate to local culture. Neglected development created people are dissatisfied, frustrated, even allienation. Those conditions would enable aggresive actions , both individually and massively.
    It would be wiser if authority institutions involve mass media not only above – the line media but also familiar below – the line media to local people,such as banners and baliho. Grass root Formal leaders and Informal leaders particularly religious leaders must be involved in promoting sustainable understanding of the danger of terrorism and radicalism.
    Law enforcement actions are also must conducted consistantly and indiscriminately . According to Prof. Dr. Azyumardi Azra,former rector of Jakarta State Islamic University, the appropriate approaches in preventing and countering terrorism must be multi-facetted, multi-track, and comprehensive. He convinced the merely military approach would be contra-productive and creates excess, and finally creates ” terrorism cycle”

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