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Yudhoyono calls for war on terror

Dec. 6, 2004 at 4:24 AM   |   Comments

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The president of Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim nation, Monday called terrorism the enemy of all religions and urged religious leaders to fight it.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made the remarks at the opening of a two-day meeting of Asia-Pacific religious leaders in Yogyakarta in central Java.

"There is one exceedingly heinous form of violence that we must grapple with, and that is the scourge of terrorism," the state-run Antara news agency quoted Yudhoyono as saying.

"To my mind, terrorism today must be regarded as the enemy of all religions."

Indonesia has been hit by a series of terrorist bombings in the past few years, including the Oct. 2002 Bali blasts, the Aug. 5, 2003 bombing of Jakarta's J.W. Marriott Hotel, and the Sept. 9 bombing outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta. The three attacks killed 224 people.

Indonesia and Western countries have blamed the al-Qaida-linked regional terror group Jemaah Islamiyah for the attacks. Indonesian police rounded up more than 150 Muslim militants following the Bali bombings.

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