“Indonesia’s capital could be the target of a bombing campaign during the Christmas and New Year festivities, a Jakarta police chief has warned.” So says AFP, with thanks to nicolei.
“‘Based on intelligence information that we have received, the prominent issue that needs to be addressed is bombings,’ Inspector-General Makbul Padmanegara was quoted by the official Antara news agency as saying.
“Police officers would be stationed at more than 240 churches throughout Jakarta and its suburbs, he said, as police sought to prevent a repeat of Christmas Eve 2000 bombings which left 19 people dead across Indonesia. . . .
The US embassy last week warned that it saw a ‘particularly high’ risk of terror attacks in Indonesia over Christmas and the New Year.
“‘The potential for additional bombings of places where Americans and Westerners are known to live, congregate, shop or visit…is particularly high during the weeks around Christmas through the New Year,’ an embassy official said.”