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Indonesia on [Holiday] alert

Police in Indonesia say they are significantly increasing security during the Christmas and New Year period. Indonesian intelligence and Western embassies are warning that the threat of another attack by Islamic extremists remains very real, although they say they have no specific new information. In December three years ago a series of bomb attacks against Christian churches left 19 people dead. Since then Indonesia has witnessed a devastating attack on nightclubs in Bali and a car bombing of a luxury hotel in Jakarta. More than 22,000 police officers are being deployed across the Indonesian capital for what’s been dubbed Operation Candlelight. Their task will be to secure buildings believed to be potential targets for an attack by Islamic militants – restaurants, bars, shopping centres and Christian churches. All police leave has been cancelled for a two-week period covering Christmas and the New Year. The authorities are stressing that they have not received any information about a specific threat but are simply taking precautionary measures. Full Story

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