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article imageSecurity tightened at Borobudur temple after possible ISIS threat

By Sravanth Verma     Aug 24, 2014 in World
Jakarta - Indonesian police are on the alert at the Borobudur Temple after a threat against the world’s biggest Buddhist temple and UNESCO World heritage Site was made on Facebook by Islamic State supporters.
Posted on August 15 on a Facebook account under the title "We Are Islamic State", a reference to ISIS, the threat read, “God willing, [Borobudur] will be demolished by Islamic caliphate mujahidin!”
Police in Central Java, Indonesia have begun combing through data on the Internet looking for possible clues and traces of a plan, National Police spokesman Ronny F. Sompie told the Jakarta Post on Friday. “The Central Java Police chief has ordered an investigation into the threat and we expect that there will be cooperation with the temple’s security personnel and the Indonesian Military [TNI] to safeguard the temple from any possible damage.”
The Borobudur Conservation Agency (BCA) is preparing for the possibility of an imminent bombing by increasing the number of security personnel within and around the temple, said Marsis Sutopo, head of the BCA. “We’ve increased the number of security officers and have coordinated with PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur [TWCB manages tourism activities at the temple] and the local police,” he said in Magelang.
The Indonesian army is also prepared for eventualities. Major-General Sunindyo, commander of the Diponegoro Military Command, operating in two Java districts, confirmed readiness to back up security around the temple.
Built in Central Java in the ninth century, Borobudur is the largest and one of the most important monuments in Buddhism. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1991. With over 500 Buddha statues depicting many aspects and teachings of the Buddha, it is a key tourist attraction in Indonesia and an important pilgrimage site for Mahayana Buddhism. Borobudur was bombed in 1985, when nine of the stupas were damaged. Three Muslim radicals were held responsible for the attack.
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