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Indonesia police deny report of plot to kill Obama

world Updated: Aug 24, 2009 19:19 IST

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Indonesia's national police chief on Monday denied a report that Islamic terrorists plan to try to assassinate President Barack Obama if he visits the Southeast Asian country.

Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri said a news report last week cited private intelligence analyst Dynno Chressbon of the Jakarta-based Center for Intelligence and National Security as saying snipers associated with the country's most wanted militant fugitive, Noordin Muhammad Top, plan to attempt to kill Obama.

Danuri said police didn't have information about any such plot. "There's no one preparing bombs for the visit of the U.S. president," Danuri said in a news conference.

Obama plans to visit neighboring Singapore in November to attend a regional summit. He has expressed interest in visiting Indonesia, where he lived for four years as a child, but hasn't confirmed the trip.

Danuri said Chressbon was not knowledgeable about the investigation of Top, who remains at large and is suspected of planning the bombings of the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels on July 17 in Jakarta that killed seven people and wounded more than 50.

Chressbon was not immediately available for comment.