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Monday, 30 October, 2000, 10:20 GMT
Indonesia reacts to radical Muslim threat

The Indonesian government has said it is extremely concerned that attempts by radical Muslim groups to target American nationals staying in Indonesia will spread to other cities.

On Sunday, members of an organisation called the Hizbol army searched all major hotels in the city of Solo for Americans, warning them they had forty-eight hours to leave Indonesia.

A Presidential spokesman Wimar Witoelar told the BBC that President Wahid had spoken directly to police, to seek guarantees for the safety of all American citizens.

But he added it all depended on the effectiveness of the security forces on the ground. The police have been questioning four Muslim leaders from Solo about the threat, which was apparantly made in response to Washington's policies in the Middle East.

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