Indonesian officials warn of chemical, biological threats

Indonesian officials warned on July 7 that, in the future, terrorist methods in Indonesia would become more advanced and could utilize chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons.

These comments were made at a workshop entitled "The Anticipation to the Dangers of CBRN Compounds and the Relations to the Terrorist Threat," held at the Jakarta City Hall in Jakarta, Indonesia.

In a story about the workshop,, the public affairs Web site run by the Jakarta Provisional Government, reported that Indonesia is not free from the terrorist threat. This was proved by the recent dismantling of terrorist activities by authorities in other regions of the country.

The Web site noted that, as the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta must be at the forefront in what is a national effort, with the local government, government ministries and the National Police all sharing a unified perception of what terrorism is.

The terrorists do not recognize the existence of the Unitary Republic of Indonesia, sSo their existence is dangerous," Inspector General (ret.) Ansyaad Mbai, the Chairman of the Combating Terrorism Coordinating Desk, said.

Hotmangaradja Panjaitan, the secretary of the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, said that his Ministry was tasked with coordinating national efforts to combat terrorists. "Through this activity, we want to socialize the dangers if such chemical materials fall into the hands of terrorists, particularly in Indonesia," he said at the workshop.