Indonesian police say they are investigating a letter they received threatening an attack on the resort island of Bali. Yiming Woo reports.
Bali police receive threat of attack
Bali police have received a letter saying the resort island will be the next target after last week’s deadly attack in Jakarta.
Police chief, Sugeng Priyanto:
(SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) BALI POLICE CHIEF, SUGENG PRIYANTO, SAYING:
“The letter was sent by an anonymous individual to Buleleng district, and the police are still conducting an investigation and trying to find out who sent the letter. But again, I urge people in Bali not to be afraid but they should stay alert.”
Authorities say they’ve increased security at Bali’s entrances, at crowded places like shopping malls, as well as the offices of foreign representatives.
Last Thursday, four militants who pledged allegiance to Islamic State attacked the Indonesian capital.
Eight people including the militants were killed in the gunfights and suicide bombings.
Indonesia is bracing for the return of experienced Islamic State fighters from the Middle East capable of carrying out attacks far more deadly than Thursday’s.
Authorities say about 500 Indonesians have travelled there to join the extremist group.
About 100 are believed to have returned, although experts say only about 15 have combat experience.