Jakarta police officials say that a large 330-pound bomb was found buried beneath a gas pipeline in Serpong, Tangerang, on Thursday morning.
Apparently the nearby Catholic Church was a target of the attack, planned for Good Friday.
According to the police source, previously captured terrorist suspects led the police to the bomb.
In light of the arrests and the discovery of the bombing plot, Indonesian president ordered all state security organizations to be put on the highest level of alert for the upcoming Easter celebrations.
Djoko Suyanto, the coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs, said: “Starting tonight until the day after Easter, the military and the police will be on the highest alert at all places.”
The US Embassy in Jakarta issued the following travel advisory:
EXERCISE EXTRA VIGILANCE OVER EASTER WEEKEND
APRIL 21, 2011
Exercise extra vigilance over Easter. Avoid demonstrations. Stay
abreast of the news. We again remind Americans to exercise prudence and
continue to take active, personal responsibility for their security. We
suggest that Americans monitor news reports, follow the instructions of
Indonesian authorities and avoid demonstrations.
We remind Americans that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn
confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. Americans are
therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to
exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.
Americans living and traveling in Indonesia are urged to register and
update their contact information with the U.S. Embassy Jakarta, U.S.
Consulate General Surabaya, U.S. Consulate Medan or U.S. Consular Agency
Bali. Registration facilitates the U.S. Mission’s contact with
Americans in emergencies, and may be done on line and in advance of
Information on registering can be found at the U.S. Department
of State’s Consular Affairs website at http://travelregistration.state.gov and at the Embassy’s website at http://jakarta.usembassy.gov.
All Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, Worldwide Cautions and recent messages are posted on the Embassy website.