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The US added Said Ahmad Sungkar and Afif Abdul Majid to its terrorism blacklist for their activities with the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah and Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid, and said the two terrorist groups pose significant threats. The embassies of the US, UK, and Australia issued warnings that Islamist extremists may attack the Miss World competition; street protests by Islamists have already forced the event to move to Hindu-majority Bali. The Constitutional Court rejected a challenge to Indonesia's blasphemy laws from five plaintiffs, including a man charged with insulting Islam in a Facebook post, and a Shia leader who allegedly raised questions about the Koran.
After rioting at Labuhan Ruku prison on Sumatra, some 25 to 30 prisoners escaped. Authorities recaptured several of the escapees. It is the third prison break in the country over the past six weeks; several terrorists escaped in the first of the three, in Medan. Interpol has blamed recent jailbreaks in Indonesia, Pakistan, and Libya on al Qaeda, but Indonesian authorities are playing down the possibility of al Qaeda involvement.
Members of the Detachment 88 antiterrorism squad ambushed four militants in Tulungagung in East Java province, killing two who fired at security forces and detaining the other two. The suspects were allegedly linked to terrorism activities in Java, Poso, Bali, and north Sumatra.
As many as 150 inmates escaped from the overcrowded Tanjung Gusta prison in Medan on Sumatra after fires and rioting broke out. Two prison staff and three inmates died in clashes, and security forces are trying to round up the escaped inmates, at least six of whom are convicted terrorists; some 55 inmates are said to have been recaptured so far. One of the escaped terrorists is Fadli Sadama, who has been convicted of three terrorism-linked robberies since 2003.
A British man who worked as a senior supervisor at an oil drilling facility was kidnapped as he was being driven home in East Aceh. Six gunmen ambushed the car and tied up the driver before disappearing with the hostage.
Organizers of the "Miss World" contest in Jakarta announced yesterday that contestants would no longer be wearing bikinis and would dress more conservatively. Hardline Islamist groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia and the Islam Reformist Movement (Garis), which is linked with the Islamic Defenders Front, were not placated, and today warned they may organize protests against the September event.
A suicide bomber on a motorbike detonated near a police headquarters in Poso, killing only himself. The police suspect that the bomber was a member of the Islamist terrorist group led by most wanted-militant Santoso.
Police shot and killed a suspected Islamist terrorist in West Java after he tried to bomb a police station and shoot a policeman. The suspect was seeking to retaliate for a recent series of raids in West Java, Banten, Central Java, and Lampung that resulted in the deaths of three suspected terrorists and capture of others. The raids targeted the Mujahidin in Eastern Indonesia alliance as well as a group led by veteran jihadist Abu Umar.
The Detachment 88 antiterrorism squad arrested two militants in central Jakarta and seized five homemade bombs. The two suspects, Zainal Abidin and Julisman, belong to a terror cell that has attacked Indonesian police, and were said to be planning to attack the Myanmar Embassy in retaliation for the treatment of Royhinga Muslims in Myanmar.