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Canadian Embassy warns of attacks in Indonesia JAKARTA - Terrorists are planning imminent attacks on a range of targets - including churches and hotels - in four Indonesian cities, the Canadian Embassy has warned. 'The embassy has received credible information that terrorists may be planning attacks in Jakarta, Manado, Balikpapan and Batam soon,' an embassy circular to its citizens, dated Friday but obtained here yesterday, said.
The latest warnings come amid continuing security fears in the wake of the Oct 12 bombings on the Indonesian resort island of Bali which killed more than 190 people. Manado, at the northernmost tip of Sulawesi island, borders the southern Philippines where armed Muslim insurgents have waged a long struggle against Manila. A bomb exploded in front of the Philippine consulate there in October but caused no injuries.
Balikpapan is a major oil town in East Kalimantan. The embassy warning said that the possible targets of the attacks included luxury hotels and churches, as well as bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues catering to expatriates. It urged Canadians in the country to exercise 'extreme caution' and take extra security precautions, including avoiding the establishments.
The circular gave no other details and the embassy said that it would inform its citizens of any further developments as soon as information became available. Canada's travel report for Indonesia already recommends citizens avoid travelling to the country, including to Bali.
Canadians already in Indonesia are also urged to consider leaving the country if their presence is not essential, the travel report said. A similar advisory was posted by the British Embassy here on Christmas Eve. In its latest message posted on the Internet, dated Dec 20, the US Embassy warden recommended that all Americans avoid areas known to represent US interests and places where Americans are known to congregate, especially during the holiday season.



Posted in Terrorism @ 30 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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