Indonesia: Mystery Bomb in Microbiology Lab


January 26, 2006: An explosion went off in a government pharmacy school building in the capital, killing one and wounding about twenty. The explosion was believed to be in a microbiology lab, and may be an accident. Or it may be some students building a bomb. Time will tell.

January 24, 2006: Police arrested another suspect in last Octobers Bali bombings. The public has been cooperative in providing the police with tips. Each Islamic terrorist attack appears to turn more Indonesians against the terrorists.

January 23, 2006: The navy wants to buy six Russian Kilo class subs, for about $320 million each. The Russians would love to sell, but Indonesia has not got the money, and is unlikely to scrounge it up for something like this. The navy does have a point in that the country has little in the way of defenses against hostile naval forces.

January 22, 2006: The government will not impose any controls over the 15,000 Islamic boarding schools. Some of these schools teach a radical form of Islam, and have produced graduates who have gone on to commit terrorist acts, and got caught. Alumni of some of these schools have organized and denounced the use of Islamic terrorism. Informally, the schools have agreed to discourage terrorism. The government does not want to press a policy that could cause widespread unrest among devout Moslems.

January 20, 2006: In Papua, a demonstration outside a police station resulted in police opening fire, leaving at least one civilian dead, and several wounded. NGOs claim that police later shot and killed four civilians as a reprisal.


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