Tourists warned of Indonesia terror threat

Surabaya is the focus of the US Embassy warning
Surabaya is the focus of the US Embassy warning

Travellers visiting Indonesia have been warned of potential terrorist attacks in the city of Surabaya.

Governments in the UK and Australia have issued advice following a warning from the US Embassy of possible attacks on hotels and banks associated with the US.

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its information asking travellers to be ‘particularly vigilant’ and of a ‘high threat of terrorism’.

Its page reads: “Terrorist groups continue to plan attacks and have the capacity and intent to carry out these attacks at anytime and anywhere in the country. On 3 January 2015 the US Embassy warned of a potential threat against US associated hotels and banks in Surabaya. You should be particularly vigilant in these areas.”

Indonesia has been growing as a tourism destination in recent years following new routes and hotels. Up to October 2014 its tourism arrivals had increased 8.7% year-on-year to 7.75 million.

 

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