Visitors to Bali over Christmas and the New Year can expect tighter security after six senior police officers were threatened by terror group ISIS.
Indonesia’s intelligence and counter-terror chiefs, communications minister, heads of police, military and religious groups met in Jakarta on Monday to discuss the threats.
Intelligence chief Sutiyoso played down the likelihood of attacks, arguing that it wasn’t the style of the terror group to warn their targets.
‘It won’t happen,’ he said. ‘It’s not their method. They would strike without talking.’
However, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said that an attack in the popular tourist destination over the holiday period was ‘possible’.
‘That’s why we’re alert in all ports, sea and air, and possibly other places too,’ he said.
Bali provincial police have increased security – particularly at the airport.
Indonesia’s National Police spokesman, Agus Rianto, said security at the annual Operasi Lilin (Operation Candle) for the Christmas and New Year period would be boosted.
According to the Indonesia Police Watch the senior police officers were singled out by ISIS because they were ‘considered the most responsible for arresting radical groups and those indicated as ISIS members in Indonesia’.
a spokesperson from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told Daily Mail Australia that ‘travel advisories are kept under constant review.’
‘The travel advice for Indonesia is current as of 8 December.’
‘We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia, including Bali, at this time due to the high threat of terrorist attack.’
‘Travellers should pay close attention to their personal safety at all times, and monitor local media for information on possible new safety or security risks.’