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Three arrested in Indonesia raids

By Karishma Vaswani,
BBC News, Jakarta

Police set out evidence seized in a raid in Solo, Java, on 13 May 2010
Police have been carrying out a series of raids against suspected extremists

Indonesian security forces say they have arrested three terror suspects in a police raid in central Java.

The raid comes a day after at least two men were shot dead in another security action.

The operations followed a major raid in Aceh province in February, when security forces clamped down on what they said was a militant training camp.

The discovery of the camp has raised fears that terror networks are alive and re-emerging in Indonesia.

The three men were arrested in central Java in a police raid that took place in the early hours of Thursday.

An Indonesian police spokesman told reporters the suspects had links to the Aceh training camp found in February.

Training camp

There have been a series of anti-terror operations in Indonesia ever since the bombings of two Jakarta hotels last July.

Those deadly blasts shattered the image of Indonesia as a safe country, coming as they did after four years of relative peace.

Until then, many in the country and overseas believed Indonesia had managed to tackle its home-grown terror threats successfully.

But the discovery of the militant training camp has raised fears that terror cells are regrouping.

On Wednesday at least two men were killed in another anti-terror raid. Police say one of those killed was involved in the Australian embassy bombings in 2004.

Security analysts say the events shows that there is still support for extremism in Indonesia.

That is disappointing news for Indonesian security forces who thought they were able to successfully stamp out terrorism in the archipelago.



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