Indonesia makes progress in curbing major terrorist acts, but faces hurdles on prevention

20:21, June 24, 2010      

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The number of major terrorist bombings has significantly declined recently in Indonesia, showing the success of the country in curbing the deadly impact of the danger.

Since 2005, there has been only one suicide bombing in the country with smaller scale explosive materials, compared to the Bali night club bombing in 2002 and Australian embassy bombing in 2004, which all resulted in mass casualties.

Learning from the experience from a series of deadly explosions since 2000, the Indonesian authorities have improved its alertness on terrorism, so that it is no more easier for terrorists to launch suicide attacks with big bombs.

Indonesian police revealed the militant network in the country, captured and killed the masterminds and their followers, and bring them to justice.

This has partly brought the image of stability to Indonesia, thus attracting much-needed investment to help reduce poverty, which has been a favorable condition for terrorists to recruit followers.

On regulation, Indonesia has issued anti-terror laws, by which many perpetrators of terrorist acts have been charged, sent to imprisonment and even sentenced with death penalty.

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