Over the past 24 hours the personnel of the Joint Group of Troops in Chechnya destroyed four home-made explosive devices, RIA Novosti was told in the Interior Ministry of Russia on Friday. Besides that, in the course of the operational activities the militiamen in the cities of Grozny and Argun and in several other populated areas have confiscated 7 submachine-guns, 2 grenade-launchers, 5 pistols, 14 shotguns and a sawn-off gun, 55 grenades and shots for grenade launchers, 5 artillery shells, 8 mortar shells, over 1,000 cartridges of different calibre and about 1 kilogramme of explosives. Furthermore, 10 illegal oil mini-refineries have been found and destroyed.
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.