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Yanking the Rugs from Under the Feet of Bali's Thugs

Over 700 Police Conduct Early Morning Raids on Addresses of Suspected Gang Members.

(3/2/2008) In the early hours of Wednesday, February 27, 2008 , 770 heavily armed officers comprised of regular police officers, the police military brigade (Brimob) and members of the elite '88 Anti-Terror Unit' raided seven private residences in various locations across Bali's capital of Denpasar.

Reported by the local press as linked to illegal activities of local ruffians and gangs, and the recent death of a local security guard, the sweeping raids discovered sizeable caches of rifles, pistols, grenades, silencers, bullet-proof vests and hundreds of bullets.

In a press conference covered by the Bali Post, Bali's Chief of Police General Paulus Purwoko presented details of the raid and the related news that 3 men have been taken into custody by police and that several others were being sought for questioning.

Chief Purwoko told the press that the raids were linked with a number of unsolved criminal cases, including the fatal attack on a local security guard, I.B. Anon Wijaya, on a Denpasar street.

Police are now questioning the residents and owners of the addresses where the weapons caches were discovered during the raids.

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