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Threat of revenge terror attack ‘extreme’

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AUSTRALIANS are being urged to reconsider travelling to Bali with the Federal Government warning of a “very high threat of terrorist attack”.

AUSTRALIANS are being urged to reconsider travelling to Bali with the Federal Government warning of a “very high threat of terrorist attack”.

In its updated travel advice, the Government warns yesterday’s executions of the Bali bombers “could prompt a strong reaction from their supporters such as demonstrations, acts of violence and reprisal attacks”.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) travel advice to Indonesia is currently at the second-highest level: “Reconsider your need to travel”.

“We continue to receive credible information that terrorists could be planning attacks in Indonesia,” the travel advice states.

“You should exercise great care, particularly around locations that have a low level of protective security, including where western tourists gather such as beaches, bars, malls and other venues associated with foreign interests.”

A DFAT spokeswoman said there were 3000 registered Australian tourists in Bali, with another 2500 registered to travel to the region in coming weeks.

Of particular concern to the Government is that schoolies may be planning end-of-year holidays in Bali.

“We are aware that many young Australian school graduates may be travelling to Bali in mid-late November and early December,” the advice states.

“We urge these young Australians and their parents, like other Australians, to exercise heightened caution at this time. Ask yourself whether you’re comfortable travelling to Indonesia knowing there is a very high threat from terrorism and you may be caught up in a terrorist attack.”

As well as being urged to avoid beaches, bars and shopping malls, tourists are also being told to be especially careful around known tourist destinations, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, Jakarta’s embassy district, international hotels and schools, and airports.

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith urged the travel industry to apply “maximum flexibility” for people who want to change their plans.