Indonesian troops have been instructed to shoot rioters in a bid to halt the religious riots that have plagued the tourist island in mid-January. Gangs of Muslim youths have attacked Christians, their homes and their property and have tried to seize the ferry terminal at Mataram. Some hotels have put up Muslim prayer mats and pro-Muslim signs to attempt to ward off attackers. The Australian Government has airlifted its tourists from the island and other tourist nationals fled to neighbouring Bali. The unrest in Lombok has spresd to other islands and is causing serious damage to the Indonesian Tourism Industry.