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DFAT reissues ‘terrorist threat worldwide’ bulletin

April 11, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

As a new wave of terrorist attacks involving Muslim extremists swept the world, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) acted last night to update, reissue and circulate its “terrorist threat worldwide” bulletin.

The latest attacks happened in Egypt, where President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has declared a three-month state of emergency after suicide bombers targeted two Coptic Christian churches, killing at least 44 people and injuring dozens more on Palm Sunday in the run-up to Easter. The ISIS terrorist group claimed responsibility.

DFAT stated yesterday: “​On 9 April 2017, explosions in Mar Guirgis (St George’s) Church in Tanta and outside the Morkoseya (St Mark’s) Church in Alexandria resulted in a number of deaths and injuries. Egyptian security forces have identified and disrupted further terrorist activity around the country.http://www.rembrandtbkk.com/

“Maintain heightened vigilance at tourist locations, religious sites, crowded public places and around police checkpoints or government buildings as these may be potential terrorist targets. The level of our advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Egypt.”

In other incidents over the past few days, a man hijacked a beer delivery truck in Stockholm and drove it into a crowd, killing and maiming pedestrians; police in neighbouring Norway foiled an attack when they safely defused an explosive device in central Oslo on Saturday; police and military officers in Indonesia exchanged fire with six members of an Islamic militant group and shot the lot dead. See: Terror attack in Sweden spurs stricter border checks

DFAT’s “Terrorist threat worldwide” bulletin notes:

“There is a continuing and longstanding threat of terrorist attack across the world. Since 2000, there has been a nine-fold increase in the number of deaths from terrorism. In 2016, 29,736 people were killed by acts of terrorism (sourced from Institute for Economics and Peace). The countries with the most number of attacks include Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria.

“While locals of foreign countries are often most impacted, numerous terrorist groups have demonstrated the intent and capability to target and attack Western interests.”

For DFAT’s full bulletin see here: Terrorist threat worldwide.

Also yesterday, DFAT issued another bulletin entitled Travelling to Islamic countries during Ramadan​ (Ramadan starts in late May 2017) and a third bulletin called Anzac Day 2017 on the Western Front. The last one advises Australians “to exercise a high degree of caution in France and Belgium due to the high threat of terrorist attack”.

Written by Peter Needham

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