Sunday, July 26, 2009
Terrorists see Bali as key target
A TERROR network master plan uncovered after bombings in Bali in 2005, but not made fully public until now, proves the terrorists believed responsible for the latest Jakarta hotel bombings saw the resort island of Bali as a prime target for future attacks. Previously unpublished parts of the plan reveal that the network, led by fugitive Noordin Mohamad Top, decided to target places in Bali where tourists gather, also singling out people arriving or departing on flights from Australia.
The plan also directs terrorists using small bombs in backpacks to target the memorial to the 2002 bombings in Bali that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.Other targets include the art market in the mountain tourist village of Ubud and beaches such as Kuta.
The plan was found on the computer of Azahari bin Husin, Top's right-hand man, who was shot dead during a police raid in November 2005 following the second Bali bombing. It is unclear whether Azahari or Top wrote the terrorist guidelines.The plan urges terrorists toattack Bali, one of the most popular foreign tourist destinations for Australians.