THREE suspected terrorists who were allegedly planning to attack Indonesia over the busy Christmas and New Year period have been killed in a shootout with police.
The suspects were shot dead by anti-terror police as they raided a house in Tangerang, 25 kilometres west of Jakarta, around 9:30am on Wednesday.
It’s understood a fourth person survived the shootout and has been arrested. Explosive devices which were ready to be detonated were reportedly found in the Tangerang house.
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It’s alleged the group was in the advanced stages of planning a two-phase knife and bomb attack to be carried out at the end of the year.
The terror cell was reportedly connected to a group of militants who were arrested in Jakarta earlier this month.
It’s alleged they were in the advanced stages of planning a suicide bombing during the changing of the guard ceremony at the gates of Indonesia’s State Palace.
Meanwhile, Australia has issued a fresh travel alert, warning Australians to be particularly vigilant over the Christmas and New Year break as authorities continued to arrest terrorists planning to target westerners.
“Indonesian authorities continue to arrest terrorists who have allegedly been in the advanced stages of attack planning,” the advice reads.
“Terrorist attacks could occur anywhere at any time in Indonesia, including Bali.”
“Be particularly vigilant during the Christmas and New Year period as gatherings of Westerners could be targeted.”
“We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia, including Bali.”
The terrorist threat level in Indonesia remains high.