02 March 2016
On Sunday, February 21, the Australian government said there was an ongoing threat of terrorism in Malaysia, especially in major cities, with attacks likely to be indiscriminate and affecting locations frequented by Westerners.
This was followed on February 25 by a warning regarding Indonesia.
Recent indications suggest that terrorists may be in the advanced stages of preparing attacks in Indonesia,” DFAT said.
The governments of both countries subsequently downplayed the warnings.
Rohan Gunaratna, Professor of Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of Security Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, has argued that the group that calls itself Islamic State (also called ISIS or Daesh) is likely to create at least one branch in south-east Asia this year — most likely in either the Philippines or Indonesia — with alarming consequences for the region.
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Last updated on 03/03/2016