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Jakarta stands firm over 'terrorist' ship

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Indonesia's military chief says Jakarta stands by its decision to name a warship after two marines who staged a deadly 1960s bombing in Singapore, insisting the pair were not terrorists.

It came a day after Indonesian defense officials pulled out of this week's Singapore Airshow after the city-state complained about the Indonesian navy's decision to name the refurbished frigate KRI Usman Harun.

Usman Haji Mohamed Ali and Harun Said were executed in Singapore for their roles in the March 1965 blast at a downtown office complex that killed three people and injured 33.

And defense minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro insisted the marines were heroes.


Singapore complained to Indonesia last week over the ship's name.


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