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Indonesia travel advice: Multiple casualties have been confirmed across the three churches
Indonesia travel advice: Multiple casualties have been confirmed across the three churches

Indonesia church bombings: Latest travel advice and updates following deadly attack

Indonesia has been hit by suicide bombings across three churches in the region.

Bombers hit Surabaya, the country’s second largest city in the deadliest violence in Indonesia for 13 years.

Indonesia travel advice: The bombings took place in Surubaya, the second largest city
Indonesia travel advice: The bombings took place in Surubaya, the second largest city

The attacks come just one day after safety fears over the volcanic eruption of Mount Merapi as tourists were swept up in the problem.

So is Indonesia safe for tourists? Latest travel advice and updates explained.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice following the attack.

Indonesia travel advice: The church attacks are the worst in 13 years
Indonesia travel advice: The church attacks are the worst in 13 years

They warns: “On 13 May 2018 there were explosions at three churches in Surabaya in East Java causing a number of deaths and casualties.

“The Embassy are in contact with the local authorities. If you’re in the area, you should monitor local media, exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities.”

They also updated their warnings for Mount Agung in Bali, which is at risk of erupting, as well as Mount Merapi, which has a 3km exclusion zone around it.

Alert levels for volcanoes can “change at little or short notice,”, they advise which can affect airports and flights.

Indonesia travel advice: Is it safe following Surabaya church bombings?
Indonesia travel advice: Is it safe following Surabaya church bombings?

Indonesia travel advice: The church attacks are the worst in 13 years

East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera was at the scene of the Santa Maria Catholic Church which was targeted by the bombers.

He said: ”The victims are being identified.

“We have confirmed one died at the scene, one died at the hospital, two police officers were injured and there are some civilians injured.

“In total 13 people are being treated at the hospital.”

Surabaya is home to 2.7 million people.

Last nights attack was the deadliest terrorist strike in Indonesia since 2003, when 202 people were killed by a bomb in Bali.

Many of those killed were foreign tourists, as the islands are popular with travellers.

Indonesia travel advice: Multiple casualties have been confirmed across the three churches
Indonesia travel advice: Multiple casualties have been confirmed across the three churches

Motorcycles and debris can be seen around the entrance of one of the church, whilst people attempted to help the injured.

It is the deadliest attack in Indonesia since 2003, when 202 people were killed by a bomb in Bali.

Many of those killed were foreign tourists, as the islands are popular with travellers.
source : https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/958978/indonesia-church-terror-bomb-explosions-surabaya-city-travel-advice

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