Bali on High Alert After Jakarta Suicide Bombing

Bali police wasted no time at all in responding to a suicide bombing at a bus terminal in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta that killed three policemen.

At least 10 people are injured, including five officers and five civilians, according to reports. photo: AP

A number of raids in Bali have been conducted since two days ago, to anticipate any other bomb threats, police say.

“We immediately responded and enhanced security,” Denpasar Police Chief Hadi Purnomo said, as quoted from Bali Coconuts.

In addition to conducting raids on cars and motorbikes, increased personnel have been added to guard police headquarters, along with intensified patrols.

Australians in Indonesia have been warned to be vigilant following a deadly suicide bombing in Jakarta.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade upgraded its travel advice on Thursday, warning Australians in Indonesia of an ongoing high threat of a terrorist attack.

“Be vigilant about your surroundings,” the advice says. “We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia, including Bali.”

Two suicide attackers detonated bombs in a street outside the Jakarta bus terminal late Wednesday May 24, sending huge clouds of black smoke into the sky and panicked people fleeing.

In addition to the three killed police officers, the bombers died while five other police officers and five civilians were injured in the assault, which left body parts and glass strewn across the road outside the Kampung Melayu terminal in a working-class district.

Police sources said an anti-terror squad had immediately raided two houses believed to be owned by the perpetrators in neighboring provinces of Banten and West Java, but the results have not yet been known.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, generally follows a moderate form of the faith.

The government has carried out a sustained crackdown on militants since the 2002 Bali bombings by al-Qaida-affiliated radicals that killed 202 people. A new threat has emerged in the past several years from extremists who sympathize with the Islamic State group.

Source: /AFP / Reuters


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