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Travellers to Indonesia warned of new terrorist threat

Map of Indonesia Area (Copyright LorenzoT Shutterstock) Map of Indonesia Area (Copyright LorenzoT Shutterstock)

UNITED KINGDOM/INDONESIA - Britons travelling to Indonesia have been warned of a new terrorist threat against US-associated hotels and banks in Surabaya.

The UK Foreign Office said the US Embassy issued the warning on January 3 and yesterday (ed January 5) it urged travellers to be 'particularly vigilant' in these areas.

Around 22,000 British nationals visit Indonesia every year, although the majority stay on the holiday island of Bali or the capital Jakarta.

In an updated statement on its website, the Foreign Office said there was a 'high threat of terrorism' in Indonesia, although it stressed that most visits are trouble-free.

"Terrorist groups continue to plan attacks and have the capacity and intent to carry out these attacks at anytime and anywhere in the country," it said. "You should be particularly vigilant during holiday periods such as Easter, Christmas, New Year, Nyepi (Balinese New Year, in March) and Independence Day (17 August).

"On 3 January 2015 the US Embassy warned of a potential threat against US associated hotels and banks in Surabaya. You should be particularly vigilant in these areas."

In 2002, two bombs in Kuta, a popular tourist resort in Bali, killed 202 people, including 28 Britons. (TravelMole)

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