Indonesia: 2007 to be safer due to anti-terror ops

The number of terrorist attacks in Indonesia was down this year compared with 2005 and claimed far fewer casualties, a government minister said, predicting that security will continue to improve because of anti-terror operations. Four people were wounded in 17 bombings across the world's largest Muslim nation in 2006, Law and Order Minister Widodo Adisucipto told reporters Tuesday. That compares to 49 deaths and 183 injuries in 19 strikes in 2005, the deadliest being a triple-suicide strike on the resort island of Bali that killed 23, including the bombers. However, Australian and American authorities issued warnings last week that Westerners could be targeted in Indonesia during the year-end holiday season.