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Indonesia to Consider Ban on Jemaah Islamiyah


Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says his government may ban the regional Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiyah.

In an interview with Time magazine, Mr. Yudhoyono said he would review steps being taken to deal with terrorism.

He said that Jemaah Islamiyah will be banned, if authorities find proof that it exists as an organization in Indonesia and that its members are involved in terrorist activities.

Jemaah Islamiyah has been blamed for several terror acts in Indonesia, including the October 2002 bombings on the resort island of Bali, and last month's suicide attack outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta.

The United States has declared Jemaah Islamiyah a terrorist organization with ties to al-Qaida.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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