Australia warns of Indonesia terror threat
* Story Highlights
* Australia left Indonesia's risk rating unchanged at level four on a
scale of five
* Indonesia said it could not challenge the Australian travel
* Execution set for beginning of November
* Deadly 2002 blasts ripped through two popular nightclubs in Bali's
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia is urging its
citizens to rethink travel to Indonesia, saying the threat of a
terrorist attack is high as the country prepares to execute three
militants over the 2002 Bali bombings.
The convicts -- Imam
Samudra, Amrozi Nurhasyim and Ali Ghufron -- have "exhausted their
legal options" to avoid their death sentences, which will be carried
out next month, Jasman Panjaitan, a spokesman for Indonesia's attorney
general, told reporters Friday.
Australia's Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade updated its travel advice for Indonesia late Friday
to include news of the impending executions of the bombers, who killed
202 people, including 88 Australians, on the tourist island of Bali in
The department left Indonesia's risk rating unchanged at
level four on a scale of five. The strongest warning is reserved for
violence-wracked countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
"The Indonesian government announced on Oct. 24 that the three individuals
for involvement in the 2002 Bali bombing would be executed in early
November," the department's Web site said. "We advise you to reconsider
your need to travel to Indonesia, including Bali, at this time due to
the very high threat of terrorist attack."
Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said his government could not
challenge the Australian travel recommendation.
But he noted that the United States had recently lifted a travel warning
because of improved security in Indonesia.
Muzadi, leader of Indonesia's largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul
Ulama, called on all parties to accept the executions and not retaliate.
"What is to be imposed is the law of the state," he said. "Therefore there
should be no regret or counteraction."
Bali attacks -- allegedly funded by al-Qaida -- were carried out by
members and associates of Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian militant
group blamed for at least three other suicide bombings in Indonesia,
including attacks on the J.W. Marriott hotel and the Australian Embassy
The last bombings occurred in 2005, killing 21 people in multiple blasts in
Bali cafes and restaurants.
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