U.S. Embassy in Indonesia Warns of Potential Terrorist Attacks

04/10/2021 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – On April 7, the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia issued a security alert for American citizens, asking them to maintain increased security awareness. The warning came after the March 28 suicide bombing at the Makassar Cathedral and the March 31 terrorist attack at the Indonesian National Police (INP) headquarters.

According to the alert, Indonesian authorities warn that the terrorism threat level remains high. The INP may visibly increase its presence at Indonesian government buildings, tourist sites, churches, malls, and other venues. The U.S. Embassy advises heightened personal security awareness, particularly in public areas.

The Embassy also asks American citizens to exercise additional vigilance especially in crowded streets, shopping areas, places of worship, and locations with large crowds.

They should also avoid demonstrations and large gatherings.

The two terror attacks and the arrest of nearly 100 suspects in recent weeks are evidence that terrorism remains a concern for Jakarta. The pro-Islamic State cells and lone wolves, though not as powerful as before, thanks to the crackdown by Densus 88 (Indonesia’s anti-terrorism squad), still pose serious threats to the country.

As Ramadan (the holy month of fasting in Islam) approaches, Indonesia remains on high alert. According to The Australian, Muhammad Syauqillah, head of University of Indonesia’s terrorism studies program, said many terrorists believed they would receive religious rewards twofold if they carried out an attack in the holy month of Ramadan.

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