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Terror warning ahead of Bush Indonesian trip

Indonesia's police chief warned today that the threat of an attack by al

Qaida-linked militants has increased sharply ahead of US President George Bush's

visit.

Bush arrives on Monday for all-day talks with Indonesian President Susilo

Bambang Yudhoyono.

Major General Adang Firman, the police chief in the capital Jakarta, said the

threat of a terrorist attack has ``escalated sharply'' in recent days, but he

did not elaborate.

``It is high,'' he told reporters.

The regional terror group Jemaah Islamiyah has been blamed for four terror

attacks targeting Western interests in Indonesia since 2002, two in the capital

and two on the resort island of Bali that together killed nearly 240 people.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country.

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