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DATE=8/2/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDONESIA / BOMB AFTERMATH (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-265043 BYLINE=PATRICIA NUNAN DATELINE=JAKARTA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Indonesian authorities have stepped up security in the capital, Jakarta, after a bomb exploded Tuesday, killing at least two people and injuring the Philippine ambassador and 18 others. As Patricia Nunan reports from Jakarta, some senior political figures held a small peace rally to condemn the incident. TEXT: Indonesia's national police chief says officers have been ordered to go through hotels in the Indonesian capital to - as he puts it - "check" on guests, especially those from the Philippines. It is not clear whether guests will be questioned or whether police will simply examine hotel registries. Extra security has also been posted around diplomatic missions. The moves are part of authorities' efforts to increase security after a bomb went off Tuesday. The blast virtually destroyed the car carrying the Philippines ambassador to Indonesia, outside his official residence. Ambassador Leonides Caday is now in stable condition in a Jakarta hospital. It is still unclear who planted the bomb. Police say it is possible someone was trying to create a climate of fear ahead of next week's meeting of the People's Consultative Assembly -- Indonesia's highest legislative body. Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid says he believes the bombing is linked to the Philippine government's efforts to stamp out an Islamic rebellion in the southern Philippines region, Mindanao. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which is fighting for a separate Islamic state in the Philippines, released a statement denying it had set the bomb. Another Muslim extremist group -- the Abu Sayyaf -- which is holding several hostages, including foreigners, in the southern Philippines -- has not claimed responsibility. Both groups have declared a holy war against the Philippine government. But a senior Philippine official said Wednesday the bomb could have been a result of a personal grudge against Ambassador Caday. Police say they are still investigating possible motives. /// TRAFFIC NOISE, IN AND UNDER /// Meanwhile a group of some 50 demonstrators held a peace rally outside the residence of the Philippines ambassador -- now surrounded by high fences and increased security forces. Demonstrators placed flowers and placards in a crater left by the bomb. The placards called for people to "save democracy and stop violence and terrorism." An adviser to former Indonesian President B-J Habibie, Ms. Dewi Fortuna Anwar, condemns what she describes as a "horrifying" incident. /// ANWAR ACTUALITY /// We Indonesians are peace loving. We have shown the world that we are in process of building democracy. We will not spoil and destroy our democratization because of violence. /// END ACTUALITY /// Ms. Anwar criticized the government of President Wahid for allegedly allowing this type of violence to take place. (signed) NEB/HK/PN/GC/WD 02-Aug-2000 04:53 AM LOC (02-Aug-2000 0853 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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