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Jakarta Post

Obama still plans to visit `old hometown'

  • Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   /   Sat, September 26 2009   /  12:05 pm

In the wake of a major crackdown on terrorism, officials said a visit by US President Barack Obama to his "old hometown" Jakarta in November was still on schedule. "The tentative plan is a two-day visit in the capital. But, depending on the security situation, as it may just be on Nov. 12. One thing for sure is that he will meet with President Yudhoyono for bilateral talks and will visit his old school in Menteng, South Jakarta," an official requesting anonymity said. On Sept. 17, a police counterterrorism squad hunted down terrorist suspects in Surakarta, Central Java and confirmed that the long-sought figure, Malaysian national Noordin M. Top, was shot dead in the raid, the latest event in the intense operations following the July 17 bombings of two luxury hotels in Jakarta. While the death of Noordin removed a major security threat, police said they were still hunting ...