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    Indonesia Uncovers 'Credible' Terror Threat

    Police officers listen to an instruction during a ceremony as part of a security preparation ahead of commemorations of the tenth anniversary of the Bali bomb blasts, in Denpasar, Bali, October 10, 2012..
    Police officers listen to an instruction during a ceremony as part of a security preparation ahead of commemorations of the tenth anniversary of the Bali bomb blasts, in Denpasar, Bali, October 10, 2012..
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    Indonesian police say they have uncovered "credible evidence" of a planned terror attack on dignitaries attending a Friday ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the deadly Bali bombings.

    Bali police chief I Ketut Untung Yoga Ana said Wednesday that the country's security has been raised to its highest level ahead of the ceremony on the resort island.

    "From the information we gathered, we have detected signs of an attack targeting dignitaries who will attend the event," he said. "Therefore, the police and army forces including the community have made sure of their readiness."

    Yoga Ana said over 2,000 security personnel have been deployed, and all entry points to Bali, including airports and seaports, are being monitored.

    The 2002 Bali Bombing

    The Attack
    -Carried out by al-Qaida linked Jemaah Islamiyah
    -Suicide bomber detonated at Paddy’s Irish Pub in Kuta
    -Car bomber triggered his bomb at the Sari Club in Kuta

    The Victims
    -202 people from 21 countries were killed
    -88 were Australians
    -7 were Americans
    -69 were from other foreign countries

    The Bomb Plotters
    -Amrozi bin Nurhasyim - Executed
    -Imam Samudra - Executed
    -Muklas - Executed
    -Several other suspects were imprisoned
    Among the world dignitaries expected at the ceremony is Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who said on Wednesday she is determined to attend despite the terror threat.

    The October 2002 attacks on two Bali nightclubs killed 202 people, including 88 Australians and seven Americans.

    The attack was carried out by the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah group. All of the leading perpetrators of the attack are thought to have been executed, killed by police, or jailed during a crackdown on Islamist militant groups in the decade following the attack.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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