Security Update: Bandung, 27 February 2017

Earlier today ABC Australia and other agencies reported that a small ‘homemade’ bomb had been detonated in a park in central Bandung, West Java, approximately three hours’ drive from Jakarta. Police responded swiftly and apprehended the suspect. Although police note the suspect has links to terrorist cells in the region, initial reports suggest that this was a minor incident directed at local government authorities.

There are currently sixty-two (62) ACICIS students in-country, including 14 in the city of Bandung.

On becoming aware of this morning’s incident, ACICIS immediately confirmed the whereabouts and safety of ALL students still in-country.  All students in Bandung have been contacted by ACICIS staff today and are now accounted for. No ACICIS students were near the location at the time.

ACICIS has monitored Australian Embassy security advice and notes that the overall level of security advice for Indonesia (as provided on Smartraveller.gov.au) has not changed as a result of this incident. ACICIS continues to monitor this, and other sources of information, closely.

At the moment there seems to be no particular reason for alarm, but ACICIS takes any such event very seriously. ACICIS personnel in Indonesia will continue to monitor the situation on the ground and provide further updates should this be necessary.

Students have been assured that if they feel disturbed by today’s incident – or at all unsafe – they should contact ACICIS in-country staff, who are available to discuss any concerns they might have.

Similarly, staff at the ACICIS Secretariat in Perth are available to field any questions family, friends and member university staff might have about student safety and welfare at this time.  Queries may be directed to the ACICIS Secretariat on 08 6488 6675 / acicis@acicis.edu.au

Professor David T. Hill AM
ACICIS Consortium Director
27 February 2017