Indonesian President Stresses Commitment To Fight Militants
JAKARTA, Aug 16 (Bernama) — The Indonesian president stresses commitment to strongly fight against militants on Tuesday, saying there is no place for them to grow in the country, reports China’s Xinhua news agency.
Speaking at his annual speech ahead of the Independence Day celebration on Wednesday, President Joko Widodo called on all communities to strengthen efforts to combat terrorism and prevent it from growing in the vast archipelago country.
“Let’s stress that there is no place for terrorism in the country which holds the principle of the unity in diversity,” Widodo said in parliament on Tuesday.
The president called on the people to be alert on the danger of militants’ plots despite their high profile leader, Santoso, was shot dead by Indonesian armed forces recently.
Santoso had been one of the IS coordinator of strikes in Indonesia.
Widodo said that the political upheaval in the Middle East has impact on the instability in the region that triggers expansion of global terrorists’ strikes, including that on Jan 24 in the heart of Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta, which left eight people dead and 28 others injured.
Earlier this month, the anti-terror squad of Indonesian police foiled a militants’ plot to launch rocket strikes to Singapore’s Marina Bay from Indonesia’s Batam Island.