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No specific terrorist threat in Indonesia: Australian FM
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16:42, July 09, 2007

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Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer on Monday said there is no specific terrorist threat against Australians in Indonesia although the Australian government reissued its travel advice for the Southeast Asian nation.

In its new travel advice reissued Sunday, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade urged Australian citizens to reconsider their need to travel to Indonesia, including Bali island, due to the very high threat of terrorist attack.

However, the overall level of the new travel advice has not changed.

Downer said Monday there is no specific terrorist attack because there is no information suggesting a time and place for an attack.

"We would have, of course, upgraded the travel advisory if we thought there was going to be a specific attack in specific location," he was quoted by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio as saying.

"But it's in the context not only of the Abu Dujana arrest, but also the continuing flow of information for quite some period of time that we've decided to issue the travel advisory," he said.

Meanwhile, Indonesia's police are on normal alert Monday despite the warning issued by Australia, according to ABC.

A national police spokesman was quoted as saying that Indonesian police have their own assessment of the situation and will not change their position merely because of a warning issued by another country.

Eighty-eight Australians were among 202 people killed in terrorist attacks on the Bali island in 2002.

Nine people were killed in a car bombing outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta in 2004.

Dujana, who was arrested last month, is blamed for the Australian embassy bombing and a number of other attacks.

Source: Xinhua




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