Terrorists planning kidnappings in Indonesia

Islamic terrorists in Indonesia are plotting to kidnap high-ranking officials, including foreigners, apparently shifting away from suicide bombings, the intelligence chief said Tuesday. "They have a change in plan, such as to kidnap certain figures, especially influential ones, it could be foreigners or our officials," Syamsir Siregar, the head of the State Intelligence Agency, told reporters after meeting the president. He did not elaborate.

Terrorists from the al-Qaida linked Jemaah Islamiyah regional network have launched five suicide bombings targeting Western interests since 2002. More than 240 people have died, many of them foreigners. In October, three suicide bombers detonated backpack-borne explosives in restaurants on the resort island of Bali, killing 20 people.

The earlier attacks were car bombings involving large bombs, leading to speculation by police and authorities that the terrorists were running low on funds or could no longer stage more complex strikes, reports the AP. I.L.

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