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BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Indonesia 'may face new attack'

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Indonesia 'may face new attack': "Indonesia 'may face new attack'
Australia's Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty says a second cell of militants may be active in Indonesia and could be poised for another attack.
The warning comes a day after an attack on the Australian embassy in Jakarta that killed at least nine people.
Mr Keelty said the two cells were believed to have been recruited by militant leaders wanted in connection with the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings.
He was speaking in an Australian Broadcasting Corporation interview.
Mr Keelty, who was accompanying Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer on a trip to Jakarta, made his comments shortly before boarding a plane to return to Australia.
'There is intelligence about a second group,' he said. 'It's uncorroborated, but you can't discount any intelligence that you get at this point in time.'
Earlier, Mr Downer pledged to act against the perpetrators of Thursday's 'cruel and callous' bomb attack, in which more than 180 people were injured.
'Our officials will do everything they can to help the Indonesians hunt down the people responsible for this brutality,' he said.
Warning denied
Indonesian police say one or more militants may have died in what they believe was a suicide attack using a mini-van.
Police said the attack bore the hallmark of Jemaah Islamiah, the militant Islamist group accused of a series of attacks, including the bombing of two nightclubs on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali in October 2002.
Mr Downer told a news conference that police may have received a text message shortly before the embassy blast. The warning is said to have demanded the release from of Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir who is being held on suspi"


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