COPENHAGEN, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Denmark said it had received information about terror attacks on Monday against international rescue workers in Indonesia’s Aceh province, devastated by the Dec. 26 tsunami.
“We have received information from sources abroad that somebody would be planning an attack today,” Danish foreign ministry official Niels Erik Andersen told national public service broadcaster DR.
Earlier, the ministry said in a statement it had “received information that imminent terror attacks are being planned against foreign rescue workers” in Aceh. It did not elaborate on the nature of the threat or the origin of the information.
A Danish aid worker in Aceh’s capital Banda Aceh said he and his colleagues had been briefed about a threat to a relief group active in an area of Sumatra some 180 km (110 miles) from Banda Aceh.
An Indonesian government spokesman said the militant Free Aceh Movement (GAM) could be behind the threat.
Separately, religious fundamentalists in staunchly Muslim Aceh, who want independence for their gas-rich province, have expressed anger over what they say is proselytising by Christian aid groups involved in post-tsunami relief efforts.