Police in the popular Indonesian destinations have put both places on the highest possible security alert.
Police in the popular Indonesian tourist destinations of the capital Jakarta and the island of Bali have put both places on the highest possible security alert following a series of bombings in Surabaya and Sidoarjo.
Bali lies less than 300 kilometres from Surabaya, a city in East Java, and additional security personnel and more stringent security checks are being imposed at the island’s Ngurah Rai International Airport and all entry points to the island, TTG Asia reports.
Indonesia’s transport minister, Budi Karya Sumadi, said the number of security personnel at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport had been increased from 500 to 700, including members of the bomb squad.
Families with bombs
Disturbingly, families riding scooters with children appear to be the trend in this wave of Islamist bombings.
The suicide attacks have so far killed 21 people, including the families, and injured around 50 others. The bombings have taken place at three churches in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second biggest business city, in a flat in Sidoarjo and at a police station.
President Joko Widodo strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in East Java, saying they were “beyond humanity”.
The worst ever terror attack in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, was in Bali in 2002 when 202 people, mostly foreigners, were killed in an attack on a tourist nightlife district.