THE Department of Foreign Affairs says it “continues to receive information” terrorists are planning fresh attacks in Indonesia and has warned Australians to take particular care in the country over the next few weeks.
The department told holidaymakers heading for Bali, as well as Australians planning travel in the rest of Indonesia, they should exercise a “high degree of caution” because of the high threat of terrorist attack.
Three Christian churches were bombed in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second biggest city, on Sunday by six members of one family — including a mother, Puji Kuswati, who carried out a suicide attack with her two daughters, aged 12 and 8, in tow.
A fourth attack in Surabaya on Monday targeted a police station. Twenty-five people have died since Sunday, including 13 militants and their children.
The wave of bombings took place just before yesterday’s start of the holy month of Ramadan, which DFAT warns is a high-risk period.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo condemned the attacks as “barbaric” and vowed that authorities would root out and destroy Islamic militant networks. The DFAT warning — which does not change the general level of advice for Indonesia — comes despite the Indonesian tourist industry begging foreign governments not to warn against travel to Bali and Indonesia.