UK issues travel warning after Jakarta bombings

Police patrol near the scene of an explosion at a bus station in Kampung Melayu, Jakarta.
Police patrol near the scene of an explosion at a bus station in Kampung Melayu, Jakarta.PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (Jakarta Post/Asia News Network) - Britain's foreign office has issued a travel warning to Jakarta after two alleged suicide bombers launched an attack at a bus terminal in East Jakarta on Wednesday (May 24), killing three police officers.

"There have been reports of a bomb explosion at the Kampung Melayu bus station in East Jakarta on 24 May 2017. You should avoid this area. The FCO continues to advise that the threat from terrorism remains high in Indonesia. You should be vigilant, take care at all times, and follow the advice of the local authorities," the statement by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said, as quoted in www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/indonesia.

According to the website, around 280,000 British nationals visit Indonesia every year.

The bomb attack on Wednesday hit an area near the Transjakarta bus stop in Kampung Melayu at around 9pm. Three police officers and the two suicide bombers were killed while 10 others were injured.