SYDNEY, Australia (AP): Terrorists in Indonesia may be in the "advanced stages" of planning an attack on Western interests, Australia's foreign affairs department warned Friday.
In an updated travel advisory posted on its Web site Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade urged its citizens to steer clear of Indonesia "due to the very high threat of terrorist attack."
"We continue to receive a stream of reporting indicating that terrorists are in the advanced stages of planning attacks against Western interests in Indonesia against a range of targets, including places frequented by foreigners," the department said.
The advisory said extremists may be planning attacks any time from August to the end of the year.
"Locations that might be targets include Jakarta, Bali and Batam. However terrorist attacks could occur at any time, anywhere in Indonesia," the advisory said.
Australian and other Western interests have been the target of terrorist attacks in Indonesia during the second half of every year since October 2002, when a series of explosions rocked the resort island of Bali, killing 202 people including 88 Australians.
In August 2003, 12 people were killed when a car bomb exploded outside the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, and another 11 died in the September 2004 bombing of the Australian embassy in Jakarta.
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