WASHINGTON (USA) - THE United States today warned that terrorists could be plotting new attacks against its citizens and interests in Indonesia, and warned Islamic rebels may also try to kidnap Americans. In an updated travel warning for the country, the US State Department said that the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) group still had Americans in its sights after attacks on a Bali nightclub last year and a US-run hotel in Jakarta earlier this month.
The travel warning repeated the US contention that the group has links to al-Qaeda. And it warned that the Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf group could target Americans - even those in Indonesia. “The terrorist attacks in Jakarta and Bali, which took place in areas with large numbers of foreign tourists, clearly indicate that a security threat extends to private American citizens,” the warning said.