US Warns of Bali Terror Attack Tonight
Authorities warn Western tourists to stay alert
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2009 5:48 AM CST
Updated Dec 31, 2009 5:57 AM CST
An Indonesian police officer stands guard at Kuta beach in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009. The US Embassy warned of a possible New Year's Eve terrorist attack on Indonesia's Bali island.   (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
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(Newser) – Terrorists may be planning a New Year's Eve attack on the Indonesian island of Bali, Indonesian and US Embassy officials warned today. In an Embassy email to US citizens, the island's governor said, "There is an indication of an attack to Bali tonight." Tourism authorities in the popular resort destination distributed the warning widely, urging Westerners to remain alert, AP reports.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, has been hit hard by the Southeast Asian arm of al-Qaeda in recent years. On Bali alone, 220 died in suicide bombings in 2002 and 2005 that targeted restaurants and clubs frequented by foreigners.