Whether you are headed to the hustle and bustle of Jakarta, looking to party in Bali or hike and snorkel in Lombok, it is worth being aware of the terror threat in Indonesia. The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has flagged election day on the 27th of June and Independence Day on the 17th of August as potential target days.
The Australian Government has issued a similar warning –
#Indonesia will hold local elections on 27 June. We continue to receive info that terrorists may be planning attacks in Indonesia. Extremist groups may view election activities as potential targets. Be vigilant around polling centres & election activities https://t.co/mRBRnmrSp8
— Smartraveller (@Smartraveller) June 21, 2018
Some recent headlines from Indonesia –
- May 24, 2018: Quick Read: How Isis Has Changed Terrorism In Indonesia
- May 21, 2018: Quick Read: Counter-Terrorism Police Unit Densus 88 Have Arrested 22 Suspected Terrorists In E. Java, 4 Killed
- May 21, 2018: Quick Read: Mob In E. Indonesia Terrorizes Ahmadiyah Religious Community, Destroying And Forcing Them Out Of Their Homes
- May 16, 2018: Quick Read: JAD: The Extremist Group That Recruits Families To Spread Terror In Indonesia
- May 16, 2018: Quick Read: Australians Warned About Bali Travel After Indonesian Terror Attacks
- May 16, 2018: Quick Read: Four Swordsmen Attack Police In Indonesia Amid A Siege Of Violence
- May 14, 2018: Quick Read: Bali Tightens Security Amid Series Of East Java Attacks
- May 14, 2018: Quick Read: At Least 10 Wounded In Suicide Attack On Police HQ In Indonesia
There also appears to be an issue with people making jokes about bombs while flying in the region –
- June 22, 2018: Quick Read: Portuguese Woman Kicked Off Bali Flight After Making Bomb Joke
- May 30, 2018: Quick Read: Lion Air Crew Accused Of Escalating Bomb Joke Into Dangerous Panic Through Poor Handling
- May 24, 2018: Quick Read: Two Senior Banyuwangi Lawmakers Make Bomb Jokes At Airport, Claim They Didn’t Know It Was Against The Law
- May 17, 2018: Quick Read: Passenger On Jakarta-Bound Lion Air Flight Makes Bomb Joke And Claims He’s A Terrorist, Causing Delay
- May 3, 2018: Quick Read: Passengers On Jakarta-Belitung Lion Air Flight Disembark Plane After Bomb Scare, No Explosives Found
Do not be one of those passengers!
From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office –
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Indonesia. Terrorist groups have the capacity and intent to carry out attacks at anytime and anywhere in the country. Types of attacks have included suicide bombings and small-arms fire, targeting public and crowded places.
The threat from Islamist extremism remains high, though the Indonesian authorities continue to disrupt attack planning, including arresting alleged terrorists reportedly in the advanced stages of preparation.
On 14 May 2018 there was an explosion at a security post of police headquarters in Surabaya, causing a number of deaths and casualties.
On 13 May 2018 there were explosions at three churches in Surabaya in East Java causing a number of deaths and casualties.
On 24 May 2017 there were bomb explosions at the Kampung Melayu bus station in east Jakarta. Three police officers were killed.
On 14 January 2016 a terrorist attack took place near the Sari Pan Pacific Hotel and Sarinah Plaza on Jalan M.H. Thamrin in central Jakarta. The attack included a number of explosions and gun battles. Eight people died and a number were injured, including foreigners.
Small-scale attacks occur on a regular basis and further incidents are likely. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners. Beach resorts, bars and restaurants, hotels, markets, shopping malls hosting major international brand outlets, tourist attractions, places of worship, foreign embassies, polling stations, ferry terminals and airports are all potential targets. Indonesian government, law enforcement interests and places of worship are regularly targeted by extremists. Western interests are also at risk.
Be vigilant and take care at all times. You should regularly review your security arrangements and be particularly vigilant during holiday periods including the Christmas and New Year period, Chinese New Year, Nyepi (Balinese New Year), Easter, Ramadan, local elections (including on 27 June 2018) and Independence Day (17 August) which can be a time of heightened tension and increased risk.
There is a risk of kidnapping at sea in and around the waters of Indonesia. This risk is higher in the Sulu and Celebes seas.
The long-standing policy of the British government is not to make substantive concessions to hostage takers. The British government considers that paying ransoms and releasing prisoners increases the risk of further hostage taking.
There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.
Find out more about the global threat from terrorism, how to minimise your risk and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.
from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/indonesia
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