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TERROR ALERT RAISED ON MALACCA STRAITS

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Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore raised, on Thursday 03/04/2010, terror alert levels after a tip-off that terrorists are planning to attack vessels in the Malacca Strait. The threat hasn’t prevented millions of barrels of oil from being shipped through the strait daily.

A Police Coast Guard vessel patrols the shipping lanes near freighters off the coast of Singapore Thursday. The Singapore Navy has received indications a terror group is planning attacks on oil tankers in the Strait of Malacca between Indonesia and Malaysia, a key shipping lane for world trade.

The alert is, probably, related to the arrest of 14 militants in Aceh province on 02/22/2010. Police say all 14 arrested had confessed to undergoing paramilitary training, including weapons use and hand-to-hand combat, at a camp, that was raided last month in a hour-long gun battle, in preparation for a terrorist attack (see – Banda Aceh 02.23.10).

Although the suspects are Muslims it is not clear whether they are linked to some sort of a Jihadi ideology or to a local conflict with the central Indonesian regime (see also – Cebu Allert ).
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