The terrorism trial of Indonesian militant Umar Patek began today in Jakarta for his alleged role in bombings that killed 202 people in Bali, highlighting Southeast Asia’s battle to dismantle militant groups.
Police detained 200 people after a Pakistan International Airlines plane came under fire while landing in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing a female passenger and wounding two flight attendants.
The use of stolen passports by two passengers to board a Malaysian airliner that vanished over the South China Sea sends a “red flag” that terrorism may have played a part, according to security officials and analysts.
The U.S. and Australia boosted security at their embassies around the world and Interpol told its 188 member countries to be on “full alert” for attacks to avenge the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden .
The discovery that two passengers boarded the missing Malaysian jet using stolen passports reveals flaws in the screening of air travelers that persist more than 12 years after security worldwide was strengthened in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Rohan Gunaratna , head of the Singapore-based International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, comments on the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden . He spoke by phone from Singapore today.