DYNAMIQ IN THE NEWS: TERRORISM IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

The latest terrorist attacks in Jakarta highlight the ongoing terror threat in Indonesia and around the world, and the need to maintain robust security procedures.

On January 14, militants set off explosions at a police post near the Sarinah shopping area. According to Indonesian Police, eight people were killed (including four of the assailants) and at least twenty people were injured.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks, stating, "A group of soldiers of the caliphate in Indonesia targeted a gathering from the crusader alliance that fights the Islamic State in Jakarta through planting several explosive devices that went off as four of the soldiers attacked with light weapons and explosive belts." This statement indicates a clear intent to target westerners in Indonesia, and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.


Background

There was a high terrorism alert in Indonesia from 2000 – 2009. This started with the Jakarta Stock Exchange bombing in late 2000 and ended with the bombing of the JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels in mid-2009. This period also included the devastating Bali bombings of 2002.

While governments and organisations demonstrated a high level of security awareness during this period, the recent disruption of the Jemaah Islamiyah network led to a growing sentiment that the security environment had become safer.

This latest attack, along with the increased security presence in Jakarta and the arrest of 16 terror suspects last month, indicate the need for organisations to increase safety measures for their staff.


Six Key Recommendations

Organisations should ensure that they have procedures in place to respond to terror attacks, whether they are targeted directly or indirectly. Methods for ensuring staff safety include:

1. Conduct a thorough threat assessment of the area in which your staff will be operating

2. Implement security risk management procedures for both offices and accommodation used by your staff

3. Provide travel safety and security training for staff

4. Ensure office evacuation and lockdown procedures are implemented and staff are adequately trained to follow these

5. Ensure crisis management procedures are implemented and practiced, and that your organisation is equipped to manage a potential crisis

6. Be vigilant during holiday periods including Christmas and New Year, Nyepi (Balinese New Year, 9 March 2016) and Independence Day (17 August). Risk is generally higher during these times.

For more information on what your organisation can do to maximise the safety of its staff in high risk areas, contact Peter Emmett - Peter.Emmett@dynamiqglobal.com.

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