Japan’s Foreign Ministry urged its citizens, on Monday, to stay away from religious facilities in six Southeast Asian nations, warning of a possible attack.
The ministry revealed that it had obtained information that “there are increased risks such as suicide bombings.”
In this sense, Japanese citizens in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar need to avoid crowds due to the possible attacks.
Accordingly, the advisory was met with puzzlement in several of those nations, which said they had no knowledge of such a threat, or details from Japan as to the source of its information.
Tanee Sangrat, spokesman for Thailand’s Foreign Ministry, said Japan had not revealed the origin of the warning and that the Japanese Embassy had no further details other than to say it was “not specific to Thailand.”
Deputy police spokesman Kissana Pathanacharoen noted that Thai security agencies have no information of their own about a possible threat.
In the same vein, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs affirmed that it was not aware of any information about an elevated threat level.
Also, Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah denied that any warning was even sent to Japanese citizens there.
Malaysian police also have not received any information or detected any security threats, according to national police chief Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.
In the short advisory, Japan urged its citizens to pay close attention to local news and information and use caution “for the time being,” but did not give a specific timeframe or any further details.
Japan’s Foreign Ministry refused to provide the source of the information or say whether it was shared with other countries.