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Jakarta Post

Terror groups get smaller, harder to detect

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 21 2011   /  08:00 am

As terrorists in the country shift from forming larger to smaller groups, the police’s early terror-plot detection ability becomes more challenging, experts say.

The International Crisis Group (ICG) said in its latest report issued on Tuesday that Indonesian law enforcers’ aggressive clamping down on terrorism had driven terrorists to act in smaller groups independent of larger organizations.

“The suicide bombing inside a police station mosque on April 15, 2011, and a spate of letter bombs delivered in Jakarta in mid-March are emblematic of the shift,” the group said.

Dynno Chressbon, intelligence expert and director of the Study Center for Intelligence and National Security said Wednesday that the shift meant acts of terrorism would likely be harder to monitor.

“[These acts] will be harder to detect because the database the police have is limited to...