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Indonesia to continue de-radicalization

08-16-2011 14:15 BJT

JAKARTA, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday said that the country would continue fighting terrorism by putting de-radicalization efforts as one of the priorities.

The statement was made following the emerging of many militant groups and the involvement of some militants, who have served prison terms for terrorism charges, in terrorist strikes recently. "We will continue combating terrorism. We have applied preventive actions through de-radicalization involving various elements of communities," President Yudhoyono said in his annual speech.

Since recent years, Indonesian authorities have realized that the punishment applied to the militants have failed deleting their militancy, while many militant groups have emerged and continued recruitments.

Several groups have been founded in the province of Aceh, North Sumatra, West Java, Jakarta and eastern parts of Indonesia, some of them are linked with each others.

With the new approach in combating militants, President Yudhoyono expected the terrorists could be weakened. "With the efforts, we expect the terrorist acts to be weakened and God willing, one day, to disappear from our country," he said.

Indonesian police have shot dead several militants and captured more than 100 others recently, including the high-profile militant leader Abubakar Bashir, and sent other to judiciary.

The police have foiled several terrorist plots recently, including the plan to blow up the Cathedral church in an outskirts of Jakarta this year.

The success in bringing back Umar Patek, an alleged mastermind of Bali bombings in 2002 that killed 202 people, to Indonesia from Pakistan is expected to be able to uncover more terrorist cases in the country.

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Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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