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Downer warns of attacks in Indonesia


The Australian government has information that possible terrorist attacks are being planned around Christmas in Indonesia, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said yesterday.

"We do have some information about possible specific terrorist attacks," Downer told reporters.

Downer offered no details but said Australians should heed government warnings to reconsider nonessential travel to Indonesia.

His comments mirrored similar warnings issued previously by Australia around times when terrorist attacks are considered to be a higher risk than normal, such as Christian holidays. Indonesia has criticized Australia for being alarmist for issuing such warnings.

``Every month they say that kind of thing. If they know anything, just let us know,'' Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.

Indonesian authorities said yesterday they had no reason to believe terrorists are plotting attacks over the Christmas holidays.

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