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October 15, 2002
Question Taken at October 15, 2002 Daily Press Briefing

September 26, 2002 Warden Message for Indonesia (Taken Question)

Question: Was the September 26 Indonesia warden message linked to any particular report (which mentioned Bali) as asserted in today’s Washington Post?

 Answer: The September 26th Warden Message sent out to U.S. citizens in Indonesia by U.S. Embassy Jakarta was issued regarding an incident that occurred on September 23, 2002, when a device exploded in a car traveling in the Menteng residential neighborhood of Jakarta. It reminded U.S. citizens that they should exercise extreme caution and be extra vigilant regarding their security awareness and that U.S. citizens and Westerners should avoid large gatherings and locations known to cater primarily to a Western clientele such as certain bars, restaurants and tourist areas.

The Worldwide Caution Public Announcement of October 10, 2002, reminds U.S. citizens that terrorists do not distinguish between official and civilian targets and that facilities where U.S. citizens are generally known to congregate or visit, such as clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools or outdoor recreation events, may be targeted.



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