Everyone who isn’t a Basic Islam 101’er is under threat.
Following the reports of the threat, Borobudur Conservation Agency had prepared for the imminent bombing with increased number of security personnel within and around the temple, said the head of the agency, Marsis Sutopo.
Indonesia tightens security at world’s largest Buddhist temple after ISIS threat
Buddhist monks walk through Borobudur temple during a ceremony on Vesak Day in Magelang in Indonesia’s Central Java province (Reuters / Dwi Oblo)
Indonesian police have been put on 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.
The threat was posted on a Facebook account under the title ‘We Are Islamic State’ – apparently the one of Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) followers – on August 15.
It read, “God willing, [Borobudur] will be demolished by Islamic caliphate mujahidin!”
Tightening security around Borobudur was not the only measure taken, as police in Central Java province also begun thoroughly searching through data from the Internet for possible clues about the 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,” he said in the capital city of Jakarta.