Issued by U.S. Department of State
Nov 02, 2002
This Public Announcement is being issued to remind Americans of the potential for terrorist actions against U.S. citizens abroad, specifically in the Southeast Asia region. This Public Announcement expires on May 1, 2003.
In the aftermath of the terrorist bombings in Bali, Indonesia, the possibility exists that similar attacks may occur in other Southeast Asian nations. The Department is concerned that individuals and groups may be planning terrorist actions against United States citizens and interests, as well as sites frequented by Westerners. Extremist groups present in Southeast Asia have transnational capabilities to carry out attacks against locations where Westerners congregate.
Increased security at official U.S. facilities has led terrorist groups and their sympathizers to seek softer targets such as clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, outdoor recreation events, hotels, resorts and beaches. On October 23, the United States Government designated the Jemaah Islamiya (JI) organization a Foreign Terrorist Organization. JI is an extremist group with cells operating throughout Southeast Asia. JI members recently arrested in the region have revealed links with al-Qaeda, other regional terrorist groups, and previous terrorist attacks in the region.
The Department of State reminds Americans to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security and to exercise caution and refers American citizens to the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement. U.S. citizens currently in or planning to travel in Southeast Asia should consult the Department of State's Public Announcements, Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets for Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, all of which are available at the Consular Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov. American citizens overseas may contact the American Citizen Services unit of the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate by telephone or fax for up-to- date information on security conditions.