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Indonesia Tightens Nationwide Security after Terror Warnings

INDONESIAN authorities have launched a nationwide security clampdown after warnings by several countries that terrorists are preparing to strike again in the run-up to Christmas. An operation involving nearly 17,000 police personnel was in force yesterday, with stepped up patrols and tightened security for hotels, shopping malls and churches – all potential targets of Islamic militants. ‘We are doing our utmost to increase our vigilance,’ Jakarta Police spokesman Ciptono said. A day earlier, Australia warned that it had received credible intelligence of an impending terrorist strike in Indonesia, possibly targeting one of three Hilton hotels located in Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali. Full Story

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