JAKARTA, Aug.23 (JDN.id) – Australian staff from its Consulate-General in Surabaya, East Java was unable to attend a scheduled event at Indonesia’s Airlangga University on Thursday following a travel advisory from its Foreign Affairs and Trade Department due to security concerns.
“We continue to receive information indicating terrorists may be planning attacks in Indonesia. Due to heightened security concerns, staff at the Australian Consulate-General in Surabaya will not be attending an event at the Airlangga University in Surabaya on 23 August,” the statement said.
Australian diplomats were scheduled to attend the commencing of an Australia’s corner, namely Aussy Banget Corner, an information center about the country, on Thursday, according to a local news portal. The event was canceled due to the travel advisory.
In the statement, the government of Australia also warned its citizen to take high precaution to visit Bali and Jakarta due to high threats of terrorist attack.
In May, a series of terrorist attacks hit Surabaya, including church bombings and an attack at the city Police headquarters. Police has said that Islamic State-affiliated group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) was responsible for the actions.
Following the attacks, Indonesia’s parliament approved the amendment of the country’s counterterrorism law that provides flexibility to Police and related law enforcers to take preventive measures against terrorist actions.
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian early in August said that more than 280 suspected terrorists have been captured across the country in an effort to crackdown the militant network after a series of May attacks.
A video with a message to Indonesia from a man who claimed to be a member of Islamic State’s hackers division and identified himself as Hacktivist 1435 went viral on Tuesday, CNNIndonesia reported.
The message in the video includes the plan to pay a revenge to Indonesia for the actions taken against Islamic State’s followers.
Indonesian Police has not made any comment yet.