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U.S. Citizens in Jakarta Warned of Bomb Plots

June 03, 2005|From Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The United States today warned its citizens living in Indonesia that terrorists were planning to bomb hotels in the capital.

"The embassy has learned that as of June 1, 2005, there were plans by extremists to conduct bomb attacks targeting the lobbies of hotels frequented by Westerners in Jakarta. The attacks were to occur circa noon on an unspecified date," the embassy said in a message to U.S. citizens in Indonesia.

It contained no more details, but it followed an unspecified security threat that led Washington to close its diplomatic facilities in Indonesia last week for four days. Local police also have warned that militants were planning more attacks.

Militants belonging to the Jemaah Islamiah terrorist group carried out the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings and are blamed for the 2003 bombing of the J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta and last year's blast at the Australian Embassy.

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