Thursday, October 11, 2012

Indonesia Warns of New Bali Threat

JAKARTA—Indonesian authorities warned Wednesday that terrorist groups may be planning an attack targeting dignitaries and events in Bali this week to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the deadly attacks on the resort island in 2002.

Indonesian police have raised the country's security alert to its highest level after uncovering terrorist movements that could indicate they are preparing to target visitors scheduled to be in Bali for a series of memorial events on the anniversary of the attack Friday. Visitors include Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and families of the bombing victims.

The Oct. 12, 2002, bombing of two crowded Bali nightclubs killed 202 people, including 88 Australians and seven Americans. The attack, which was carried out by the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah, was the most deadly ever in the region.

"We have prepared a maximum security arrangement, even for the post-commemoration," Bali Police Brig. Gen. I Ketut Untung Yoga Ana told the Associated Press. He declined to provide any specific details about the threat. Read More