Security tightened around Borobudur in wake of terror threat

To be fair, the threat has only been made of Facebook, so it’s not sure how credible the threat is, but Indonesian police are taking it seriously. Good on them!

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Security tightened at Borobudur temple after possible ISIS threat
Digital Journal, 24 August 2014

Indonesia’s police on alert over apparent ISIS terror threat to Borobudur Temple
The Straits Times, 23 August 2014

Indonesian police are on the alert at the Borobudur Temple after a threat against the world’s biggest Buddhist temple and UNESCO World heritage Site was made on Facebook by Islamic State supporters.

Police in Central Java, Indonesia have begun combing through data on the Internet looking for possible clues and traces of a plan, National Police spokesman Ronny F. Sompie told the Jakarta Post on Friday. “The Central Java Police chief has ordered an investigation into the threat and we expect that there will be cooperation with the temple’s security personnel and the Indonesian Military [TNI] to safeguard the temple from any possible damage.”

The Borobudur Conservation Agency (BCA) is preparing for the possibility of an imminent bombing by increasing the number of security personnel within and around the temple, said Marsis Sutopo, head of the BCA. “We’ve increased the number of security officers and have coordinated with PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur [TWCB manages tourism activities at the temple] and the local police,” he said in Magelang.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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