May 26, 2017

The next terror attack could be on your Thailand or Bali holiday

Militant Islamism is spreading like wildfire in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. The Bali bombings will probably not be an isolated incident.

Michael Sainsbury — Freelance correspondent in Asia and <em>Little Red Blog</em> Editor

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog Editor

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

The one-two terrorist attacks on the Philippine city of Marawi and a bus terminal in Jakarta this week, with at least 25 people dead between the two strikes, has signaled loud and clear to Australia and the rest of the region that the so-called Islamic State has gained a firm foothold in the region.

South-east Asia is Australia’s holiday playground, and increasing numbers of Australians are setting up businesses or branches of their businesses in the region, or retiring to warmer, cheaper countries. Thailand is far and away the most popular option for the latter.

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