Indonesian airports on alert


JAKARTA, 30 November 2015: Indonesia has increased security at all of its airports after a threat was directed at an airport serving the capital Jakarta, last week.

Security has been beefed up at airports across the ASEAN region.

Enhanced security procedures have been in place for one week with sniffer dogs checking cargo and luggage.

inside no 9There are also random checks are being carried out on cars entering airports, and screening of workers will be tightened under the heightened security measures.

“The move has been taken after recent terror attacks, and threats in several countries,” ministry statement.

Jakarta airport received a threat last week that prompted higher security procedures.

Jihadists killed 130 people in Paris, 13 November, in simultaneous attacks, while a Russian plane went down last month in Egypt, killing all 224 people on board, with the Islamic State group saying it bombed the airliner.

In recent days, a Turkish Airlines plane, and two Air France planes — all flying from the US — were diverted due to bomb scares, but no explosives were found on the flights.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, suffered several major bomb attacks conducted by Islamic radicals between 2000 and 2009, but a crackdown has weakened the most dangerous extremist networks.

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