Indonesia still faces CBRN challenges, report says

While Indonesian officials have responded resolutely to past threats, some experts still wonder if they will be able to thwart another terrorist attack, CBRNe World reports.

Earlier this year, Indonesian police killed the terror suspect known as Dulmatin, who is believed to have masterminded the Bali bombing in 2002 that killed 202 people and injured 240 more, the report states.

According to the report, the Indonesian intelligence services and police showed the ability to handle a variety of terrorist acts during the 15 year search for Dulmatin, though experts still worry that Dulmatin and his colleagues had advanced their knowledge of attacks and added new strategies for causing terror.

Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weaponry may be the weaponry that the next wave of Indonesian terrorists choose from, the report states. That's because they are the weapons of sabotage artists, and sabotage is being used as the tactic of choice as terrorists the world over lose support from radical leaders, according to CBRNe World.

The report states that attacks involving toxic industrial chemicals can pollute food and water supplies, placing "enormous strain on government infrastructure, such as the need to provide bottled water, etc."

One way to combat such threats, according to the report, is for Indonesian officials to be less passive about potential threats and establish "an integrated CBRN detection and early warning system, as well as first responder team."