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UN, Australian and US reactions to Jakarta bomb attack
   CCTV.COM   2003-08-06 09:08:29   
    Jakarta's bombing has shattered hopes for any peace or security in the wake of last year's Bali blasts. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has strongly condemned this apparent act of terrorism. Australia has warned its citizens to steer clear of central Jakarta. And Washington has pledged to help the Indonesian government investigate.

    Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says the latest bomb blast was possibly an attack by Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian terrorist group linked to al-Qaida. He also said, "It's possible that it was an attack by Jemaah Islamiyah. It follows a bit of a pattern, but you can't be 100 percent sure at this stage. That'll have to be examined further by police."

    Australia already has travel warnings in place for Indonesia, following last year's bombings on the holiday island of Bali that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.

    In Washington, White House spokesman Scott Mcclellan called the bombing a deplorable attack on innocent civilians. And he said, "We fully support President Megawati and her administration in their efforts to fight terror and rout out terrorism. And we stand fully prepared to assist in any way possible in bringing those responsible to justice."

    McClellan did not say whether he thought groups tied to al-Qaida were responsible for the car bomb.

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