Subject: LUSA: Australia warns of possible terror strikes, asks 'extreme caution'

05-09-2003 12:40:00. Notícia nº SIR-5376954 Temas: new destaque2 East Timor: Australia warns of possible terror strikes, asks 'extreme caution'

Dili, Sept. 5 (Lusa) - Australia warned Friday that terrorists could be planning attacks in East Timor and appealed to its nationals there to take "extreme precautions".

The warning, issued by the Australian Foreign Ministry, said Canberra "continues to receive information that terrorist elements in the region are planning attacks" against Australian targets in East Timor.

It called for special precautions in Dili and in areas near the Indonesian border.

There was no immediate reaction to the warning from authorities in Dili.

Hundreds of Australian soldiers and civilians participate in the UN's peacekeeping and aid mission in East Timor.

The alert was the latest of several issued by Canberra or Washington for East Timor during the past year, following the massive terrorist bombing on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali.

There have been no such terror attacks in East Timor, and Dili on occasion has shown irritation over the warnings from foreign governments.

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