Terror attacks feared ahead of Chinese workers returning to Indonesia

Terror attacks feared ahead of Chinese workers returning to Indonesia

  • Reformed al-Qaeda terrorist warns jihadist groups are hoping to capitalise on growing resentment of foreigners amid job losses due to Covid-19
  • Militants are also seeking revenge for Beijing’s treatment of Uygur Muslims

The return of Chinese workers to Indonesia could trigger terror attacks due to growing resentment of foreigners amid the coronavirus outbreak and Beijing’s treatment of Uygur Muslims, security analysts have warned.

Jihadist groups had issued “massive” calls for attacks in recent weeks, said a former senior figure in al-Qaeda’s Southeast Asian network, who warned that both migrant Chinese workers and ethnic Chinese Indonesians could be targeted.“Some jihadis have called for the burning and robbing of Chinese shops,” said Sofyan Tsauri, who spent five years in jail for helping to arm terror groups. He was released in 2015 and now helps Indonesia’s counterterrorism effort by sharing his knowledge at seminars.