East Timor points to security lapse

Updated on Feb 12, 2008 11:28 PM IST
East Timor’s military chief demands an explanation as to how renegade soldiers were able to reach the homes of the nation’s two top leaders to launch their assassination attempts.
HT Image
HT Image
AFP | By, Dili

East Timor’s military chief demanded an explanation Tuesday as to how renegade soldiers were able to reach the homes of the nation’s two top leaders to launch their assassination attempts.

Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak said that the military was only responsible for security within the perimeters of President Jose Ramos-Horta’s residence, while national police and UN police had jurisdiction for his personal security.

Ramos-Horta sustained triple gunshot wounds during a firefight at his home in the seaside capital of Dili on Monday and was rushed to the Australian city of Darwin for medical treatment.

He was in a serious but stable condition Tuesday.

“Given the big number of international forces present in Timor-Leste, in particular in Dili, how is it possible that vehicles transporting armed people have entered the city and executed an approach to the residences of the president and prime minister without having been detected?” Ruak said in a statement.

“There has been a lack of capacity shown by the international forces who have the primary responsibility for security within Timor-Leste, to foresee, react and prevent these events,” he said.

“Even though it may have been possible and highly recommended, there was no immediate operation undertaken to arrest the personnel responsible for the attacks.”

Ruak called for a “complete international investigation” into the events.

Rebels shot Ramos-Horta reportedly as he returned to his home after a morning walk, while Gusmao was shot at as he travelled in a motorcade from his home about an hour later, but he escaped injury.

Additional Australian troops and police to augment about 800 already on the ground began arriving in East Timor on Tuesday. There are approximately 1,700 UN police on patrol in the young nation.

The global forces were despatched at the government’s request after unrest in 2006 flared among military and police factions.

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • A view of the exposed riverbed of Yangtze river on a hot day in Chongqing, China, on Wednesday. (REUTERS)

    Climate crisis: China hit by worst heat wave in decades

    A scorching heat wave, the worst in six decades, sweeping China has dried up rivers and reservoirs, threatened crop yields and forced industries to shut down and ration electricity. One of the regions hit badly by the heat wave is China's southwestern Sichuan province, which has shut down factories for six days to ease a crippling power shortage.

  • With Sunak showing little sign of making inroads, Truss is the hot favorite to become the party’s and the country’s next leader.

    Rishi Sunak losing UK prime minister race, trails Liz Truss by 32 points

    Liz Truss led Rishi Sunak by 32 points in the latest survey of UK Tory members by the ConservativeHome website, suggesting she remains on track to win the race to succeed Boris Johnson as prime minister. Some 60% of the 961 Tory members polled by the influential website said they favored Truss to become the Conservative Party's new leader, while just 28% backed Sunak, ConservativeHome said on Wednesday.

  • Afghanistan, where Taliban are ruling now, however, is yet to meet the expectations of both China as well as Pakistan on many counts.

    China wants military outposts in Pakistan to safeguard its investments

    Having made significant investments in the conflict-prone Pakistan-Afghanistan region as part of its hugely ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, China is planning to protect its interests in the two countries by stationing its own forces in specially created outposts, according to top diplomatic sources. Pakistan, where according to some estimates the Chinese investments have risen above USD 60 billion, is largely dependent on China not only for financial but also military and diplomatic support.

  • US Representative Liz Cheney at an election night event during the Wyoming primary election.

    Republican leader who voted for Trump's impeachment loses Wyoming primary

    Cheney will now be forced from Congress at the end of her third and final term in January. Far, US President Donald Trump's has helped install loyalists who parrot his conspiracy theories in general election matchups from Pennsylvania to Arizona. With Cheney's loss, Republicans who voted to impeach Trump are going extinct. Democrats across America, major donors among them, took notice. Trump earned nearly 70% of the vote in 2016 and 2020.

  • Former US President Donald Trump.

    Trump says FBI returned his passports: 'Unfortunately, they just grabbed…'

    Former US president Donald Trump on Wednesday said that the department of justice and the FBI returned his passports seized during the raid at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida last week. Trump said on Tuesday in a statement in a Truth Social post. On Monday, he alleged that the federal law enforcement agency “stole” three passports, one of which he said was expired.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now