Sydney issues travel warning for Indonesia

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travel-warningAustralia’s Department of Foreign Affairs has issued a travel warning for Indonesia, including the tourist hotspot of Bali, because of the “high threat of a terrorist attack”, local media reported.

The department’s latest travel advice contains a warning that terrorists remain active in the country despite police efforts to stop them.

“Indonesian authorities have warned that extremists may be planning to attack churches in Jakarta and elsewhere in Indonesia, during the 2014 new year period,” the travel advice said.

Earlier in December Indonesia’s national police chief Sutarman said there were indications that militants may be assembling bombs to target areas of worship.

“The terrorists have cells everywhere and they are active. We are continuing to pursue them,” he said, without giving details of specific targets.

The Department  of Foreign Affairs warned the threat to Australians in Indonesia may reach beyond churches.

“Terrorists have previously attacked or planned to attack places where Westerners gather, including nightclubs, bars, restaurants, international hotels, airports and places of worship in Bali, Jakarta and elsewhere in Indonesia,” it said, adding that “these types of venues could be targeted again.”

The advice does not recommend Australians stay away from Indonesia, but it does urge travelers to exercise a high degree of caution in the country. However, Australians are urged reconsider the need to travel to some areas including the provinces of Central Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua.

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Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs has issued a travel warning for Indonesia, including the tourist hotspot of Bali, because of the “high threat of a terrorist attack”, local media reported.

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travel-warningAustralia’s Department of Foreign Affairs has issued a travel warning for Indonesia, including the tourist hotspot of Bali, because of the “high threat of a terrorist attack”, local media reported.

The department’s latest travel advice contains a warning that terrorists remain active in the country despite police efforts to stop them.

“Indonesian authorities have warned that extremists may be planning to attack churches in Jakarta and elsewhere in Indonesia, during the 2014 new year period,” the travel advice said.

Earlier in December Indonesia’s national police chief Sutarman said there were indications that militants may be assembling bombs to target areas of worship.

“The terrorists have cells everywhere and they are active. We are continuing to pursue them,” he said, without giving details of specific targets.

The Department  of Foreign Affairs warned the threat to Australians in Indonesia may reach beyond churches.

“Terrorists have previously attacked or planned to attack places where Westerners gather, including nightclubs, bars, restaurants, international hotels, airports and places of worship in Bali, Jakarta and elsewhere in Indonesia,” it said, adding that “these types of venues could be targeted again.”

The advice does not recommend Australians stay away from Indonesia, but it does urge travelers to exercise a high degree of caution in the country. However, Australians are urged reconsider the need to travel to some areas including the provinces of Central Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua.

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