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WTTC Comment in Response to Attacks in Jakarta

WTTC_logo“The best response to these terrorist attacks is for travellers to support the country and to continue to visit this beautiful destination”, David Scowsill, President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), said in response to the bomb attack and gunfire at a busy commercial hub in Jakarta midday Thursday. At least two people died in the attack and another 24 were wounded.

“We encourage the government to continue to put the appropriate security measures in place”, Mr Scowsill said in a statement and extended the WTTC’s deepest condolences to the families of all the victims of the “brutal attack”.

Indonesia_flagAccording to a CNN report, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in an official statement posted online.

“It is with deep regret that we hear that the world yet again is struck by an act of terrorism in Jakarta, causing the loss of innocent lives…
Terrorism is a global problem, and now Indonesia has become the target of this violence.  Fortunately Indonesia is an extraordinarily resilient country, as it has faced up to and overcome various incidents over the last 15 years. We are confident that the country will show its resilience once again”, the WTTC’s president said.

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