Southeast Asia on terror alert in advance of ASEAN Summit

Updated On: May 04, 2011

ASEAN's Secretary General has called for vigilance against terrorism as Indonesia steps up security measures nation-wide and in expectation of the ASEAN Summit this weekend.

ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan called for "extreme vigilance against terror attacks" and said there is likely to be a "period of anxiety" in the wake of Bin Laden's killing.

Report: ASEAN secgen calls for vigilance vs terrorism [GMA News, 5 May 2011]

Indonesia, the current ASEAN chair, is set to host the 18th ASEAN Summit on May 7 to 8, where officials are on alert for any possibility of terror attacks. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslimnation, had already stepped up security checks around shopping malls and building entrances. In 2002, Bali suffered one of the deadliest terrorist attacks to date since the World Trade Center towers were attacked on September 11, 2001.

Report: Indonesia Boosts Security for ASEAN Summit [Jakarta Globe, 3 May 2011]

Those attacks were carried out by the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), al Qaeda's Southeast Asian arm. Analyses by CNN International and the Wall Street Journal this week discuss the potential for reprisals in Southeast Asia, and the continued risk for terror, especially in Indonesia and the Philippines. They point out that Southeast Asia has been a major theater for al Qaeda's operations over the past decade.

Analysis: Spreading terror: From bin Laden to Facebook in Southeast Asia [CNN International, 4 May 2011]

Analysis: Southeast Asia Braces for Islamist Reprisals [Wall Street Journal, 3 May 2011]

Terrorism will be among the issues discussed at the forthcoming Summit, which will be attended by the heads of state from the 10 ASEAN member countries. The summit's theme is "ASEAN Community in a Global Community", and other topics under discussion include fuel costs, human rights, and connectivty among others.

Report: ASEAN to tackle bin Laden's death, oil price hike [Sun-Star Manila, 4 May 2011]

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