Extra security measures were implemented at the Australian Consulate in Surabaya - Indonesia's second largest city and the capital of East Java - on Thursday, August 23, following a threat posted by Islamist militants on social media. The message called on individuals to kill officials working at the consulate. Australia opened the consulate earlier in August. In May 2018, a series of attacks, including several suicide bombings in Surabaya claimed by Islamic State (IS) militants, killed dozens of people; these were the deadliest attacks in the country in a decade. Australian authorities have warned travelers to "exercise a high degree of caution" in Indonesia.
Individuals in Indonesia are advised to report any suspicious objects or behavior and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. As a precautionary measure, avoid nonessential visits to the Australian Consulate in Surabaya until further notice.
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