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AMERICAN MORNING

Fears of New Wave of Terrorism

Aired August 6, 2003 - 05:11   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: Overseas now and fears of a new wave of terrorism. Police in Jakarta say one of the ingredients in that car bomb at the Marriott Hotel contained the same chemical used in last year's deadly Bali nightclub bombing. At least 14 people were killed and about 100 injured in the blast at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Jakarta.
Our Maria Ressa tells us this bombing raises concerns about more terrorist attacks.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

MARIA RESSA, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Police say a car loaded with explosives drove through the taxi stand in front of the Marriott Hotel and kept heading straight for the lobby. That was when the bomb detonated, its blast radius visible along the shattered windows of nearby buildings.

The Indonesian police chief said the bomb was similar to the ones used in Bali last year, an attack which killed more than 200 people and was blamed on the group Jamia Islamia, or J.I.

ROHAN GUNARATNA, AL QAEDA EXPERT: J.I. is al Qaeda's Southeast Asian arm. J.I. is an independent group, but because al Qaeda has co- opted the J.I. operational leadership, J.I. is also functioning as an extended arm of al Qaeda.

RESSA: Since November, police here have arrested more than 40 suspected J.I. members, part of nearly 200 arrested in Southeast Asia. But that hasn't stopped J.I.'s ability to plan and carry out more attacks. Besides Tuesday's blast, authorities have connected J.I. to other explosions recently in the Philippines and Indonesia.

SIDNEY JONES, INDONESIAN CRISIS GROUP: I don't think anybody knows what kind of a dent they've made in the organization. That's part of the problem is that nobody has a clue of how extensive this network actually is.

RESSA: Earlier, authorities in the region had warned of more, perhaps larger, attacks, after a top J.I. operative escaped from a Philippine jail last month and weapons and explosives were recently discovered hidden in Indonesia and the Philippines. Add to that the fact that the first verdict from the Bali trials is expected Thursday.

(on camera): Police say arrests from recent weeks show instead of hiding, J.I. operatives have been raising funds and planning new attacks. The Marriott was a prime target, a favorite of Jakarta's international community. The fear now, intelligence officials say, is that this may be followed by other similar attacks.

Maria Ressa, CNN, Jakarta.

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