Security Update: Jakarta, 25 May 2017

On 24 May 2017 two suicide bombs were detonated at Kampung Melayu bus terminal in East Jakarta, in a suspected act of terrorism targeting Indonesian police. According to today’s media reports, three police officers were killed, with five other police officers and five civilians injured by the blasts.

There are currently sixty two (62) ACICIS students studying in Indonesia, though no ACICIS programs are currently taking place in Jakarta.

ACICIS has taken steps to confirm the whereabouts and safety of ALL students currently in-country. All students have been contacted by ACICIS staff and are now accounted for. One ACICIS student was visiting Jakarta at the time of the bombings, but was unaffected by the incident.

As a precaution, all students have been told to avoid travel to Jakarta for the time being. Furthermore, students have been advised to keep a low profile, and avoid bars, clubs and busy tourist establishments given the increased risk of violent action by vigilante groups in the lead up to and during the Islamic holy month of Ramadhan.

ACICIS monitors Australian Embassy security advice and notes that the overall level of security advice for Indonesia, including Jakarta (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.

The current semester of ACICIS programs in Yogyakarta, Bandung and Bogor is nearing completion, and will continue as normal. ACICIS personnel in Indonesia will continue to monitor the situation in Jakarta closely and will provide further updates should this be necessary.

Students have been assured that if they feel disturbed by last night’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 or at acicis@acicis.edu.au.

Assoc/Prof David Bourchier
Acting ACICIS Consortium Director
25 May 2017