Advanced threat of terrorism in Indonesia, DFAT warns tourists

Terrorists could be in the "advanced stages" of preparing attacks in Indonesia, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has warned as it updates its travel advisory for the country.

Key points:

  • Indonesia has increased security across the country
  • DFAT says ongoing high threat of terrorist attack
  • Travellers should be vigilant about security especially at tourist hotspots

The alert level for Indonesia has not changed, with DFAT continuing to advise people to be vigilant while travelling throughout the country, including tourist hotspots.

"We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia, including Bali, at this time due to the high threat of terrorist attack," the DFAT advice said.

DFAT said they continued to receive information indicating terrorist attacks were being planned across Indonesia, and the increased security measures underscored that ongoing threat.

The department has warned travellers to be particularly vigilant at places of worship, on days of particular spiritual importance, and at places with low levels of security that would be obvious targets.

The updated alert comes as the Indonesian Government increased security across the country, after deadly terror attacks in the capital Jakarta in January.

Indonesia's cabinet and security heads met earlier this week to discuss legislative changes that would strengthen the country's ability to prevent further attacks.

DFAT issued a similar advisory earlier this week warning of possible attacks in and around the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

Source: ABC News

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