Islamic State inspiring Indonesian jihadist activity, expert Sidney Jones warns

The levels of jihadist activity in Indonesia are the highest they have been in a decade and foreigners are a key target, according to terrorism expert Sidney Jones.

Speaking at Murdoch University’s Asia Research Centre in Perth, Ms Jones said it was likely there would be more violence in the short term, as Indonesia’s many groups — inspired by Islamic State (IS) — switched their focus to domestic attacks after finding it difficult to get to Syria.

“I think for the last two and half years or so, we’ve seen a focus of the groups committed to violence with getting to Syria,” she said.