Indonesia has tightened security at its airports, including Jakarta and Bali, after a threat was directed at one of the two airports serving Jakarta, the country’s transport ministry has said.
New security measures include sniffer dogs checking cargo and luggage, random checks on cars entering airports, and increased screening of workers.
The ministry said the heightened security was in response to recent terror attacks overseas and threats in several countries.
A ministry spokesman confirmed that a Jakarta airport had received a threat, but he would not identify which airport or give details of the threat.
In Bali’s capital, Denpasar, National Police Deputy Chief Commander, General Budi Gunawan, called on local Bali residents to take an active role in securing the resort island.
“Balinese people are very welcome, very open, and very positive in their thinking,” he told the Jakarta Post, but they needed to be more vigilant against any potential threats, he added.
Recent gun-and-suicide bombing attacks coordinated by a group from Islamic State (ISIS) across Paris, following earlier bombings in Lebanon and Turkey and the downing of a Russian airliner in Egypt, have put authorities on their guard.
Budi said local police had put strategies in place to prevent similar atrocities from taking place in Bali.
Written by Peter Needham