US warns about threat against banks, hotels in Indonesia

By on January 4, 2015


Jakarta skyline (shutterstock)
Jakarta skyline (shutterstock)

SURABAYA, Indonesia — The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta has issued a warning to Americans about a potential threat against U.S. associated banks and hotels in Indonesia’s second-largest city, Surabaya.

An embassy spokesperson says Sunday there is nothing linking the warning with AirAsia Flight 8501.The plane crashed into the Java Sea a week ago after taking off from Surabaya, killing all 162 passengers and crew on board. The U.S. Navy is taking part in an international effort to recover bodies and locate the wreckage.

The alert was issued to U.S. citizens on Saturday.

Indonesia’s national police spokesman Brig. Gen. Agus Riyanto says he’s unaware of any terrorism threat against banks and hotels in Surabaya but that security would be increased.

Indonesia has seen a spate of deadly attacks by Muslim militants.