US embassy in Indonesia issues security alert for city of Surabaya

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - The US embassy in Indonesia issued a security alert on Saturday for its citizens in the country's second biggest city Surabaya.

"The US Embassy has been made aware of a potential threat against US-associated hotels and banks in Surabaya, Indonesia," the embassy said in a statement on its website. "The US Embassy recommends heightened vigilance and awareness of one's surroundings when visiting such facilities,"it said. The statement gave no further details.

Indonesia is considered to have been largely succesful in cracking down on homegrown militant groups following multiple attacks in the 2000s targeting foreigners and state institutions.

But authorities have raised concerns in recent months over hundreds of Indonesian citizens attempting to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside militants of the Islamic State organisation.

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