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Malaysia Arrests Suspected Bomb Maker, Six Others Over Alleged Terror Plots

Malaysian police announced the arrest of a suspected Filipino bomb maker they said had ties to the militant group Abu Sayyaf and the separate arrests of six Malaysians involved in alleged terror plots by Islamic extremists.

The arrests add to hundreds carried out by Malaysia in recent years to disrupt Islamic militancy. Authorities fear that Islamic State fighters returning home from defeat in the Middle East will take part in like-minded groups in Southeast Asia or inspire people to sow lone-wolf attacks.

Police said in a weekend statement that they had recently arrested a Filipino bomb maker they said was close to Furuji Indama, a leader of Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines.

The man had been planning to attack targets in the Malaysian part of Borneo island to help turn it into a haven for Philippine militants, police said. The poorly policed waterways between Malaysian Borneo, Indonesia and the Philippines are a haven for pirates, smugglers and criminals including terrorists, authorities say.

The countries are stepping up coordinated patrols to disrupt movements and capture suspects. Foreign fighters joined up with an Islamic State-linked group last year to take over the southern Philippine city of Marawi and were dislodged only after months of fighting. Authorities have said survivors and supporters are trying to regroup.

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Dramatic floor collapse injures 50 at Jakarta Stock Exchange

More than 50 people were injured when the floor collapsed inside the Jakarta Stock Exchange.

Indonesian police have ruled out terrorism as being a cause.

One victim told local media that the mezzanine structure “suddenly collapsed, casuing chaos”.

She said some of her friends were hit by debris and suffered head wounds and broken bones.

 

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Strong quake hits Indonesia’s Java, kills three

A powerful magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the island of Java in Indonesia just before midnight on Friday, with authorities reporting three deaths and damage to hundreds of buildings.

Indonesia’s national disaster management agency said the quake activated early tsunami warning systems in the south of Java, prompting thousands to evacuate from some coastal areas, but no tsunami was detected.

 

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Bali: volcano alert raised to highest level

Indonesia: warning for an imminent eruption of  Mount Agung volcano in Bali.

Indonesian officials have warned, saying 100,000 people need to evacuate the area, as a large eruption of Bali’s restless Mount Agung volcano could be imminent.

So far, 40,000 people have been moved away and travellers have been stranded due to airport closures.

 

Ph.: Emilio Kuzma-Floyd/via Reuters