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Indonesia terror threat 'high' over Christmas JAKARTA - The Foreign Office has warned of a "heightened risk" of terrorist attacks in Indonesia over the Christmas and New Year holiday. A spokesman warned Britons travelling to or living in the country that terrorists could strike at anytime and could target tourist resorts. Fears that westerners could be targeted by Islamist terrorists have grown since 202 people, including 26 Britons and 88 Australians, were killed in the Bali nightclub bombings in October 2002.
The attack was blamed on the al-Qa'eda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah, which is also thought to be behind recent deadly car bombings on the Australian embassy and the Marriot hotel Jakarta. A Foreign Office spokesman warned that previous attacks in Indonesia have occured over the Christmas and New Year breaks. She said: "There remains a high threat from terrorism in Indonesia. We continue to receive reports that terrorists in Indonesia are planning further attacks.
"We believe that there is a heightened risk of attacks in the lead-up to and during this Christmas/New Year period. "Terrorists have shown in previous attacks, like the attack on the Australian embassy and the Bali bombings, that they have the means and the motivation to carry out successful attacks." The Foreign Office has also warned tourists against travelling to parts of Indonesia affected by sectarian violence. The areas include the Sumatran port of Aceh where a state of civil emergency has been declared following a year of martial law.
Tourists have also been warned to avoid Ambon and central Sulawesi where there have been recent clashes between Christians and Muslims.



Posted in Terrorism @ 15 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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