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Indonesia Deploys Extra Security Measures Around Foreign Embassies Following Jakarta Blast - 2004-09-10

Indonesian police have deployed extra security forces around some foreign diplomatic missions in the capital, Jakarta, after a car bombing outside the Australian embassy killed nine people and wounded 180 others.

Officials say there is no specific new threat, but additional guards have been posted at the U.S., Japanese and Australian embassies. In Australia, Prime Minister John Howard said Friday another attack in Jakarta is a distinct possibility.

Police say they believe two suicide bombers were responsible for the blast. They say the bombers parked a minivan loaded with explosives outside the Australian embassy compound.

An Internet site known for carrying extremist Islamic content says the al-Qaida linked terrorist network, Jemaah Islamiyah, was responsible for the attack. The authenticity of the claim has not been verified.