Jakarta security beefed up ahead of Asian Games
Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
The Jakarta Post
Following a series of terrorist attacks over the past week, the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) and the Jakarta administration pledged on Sunday to beef up security for the upcoming Asian Games, the region’s largest sporting event.
INASGOC chief Erick Thohir said the committee had coordinated with the police, the Indonesian military (TNI) and the National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN) to ensure the safety of the event that will see more than 15,000 athletes arriving from 45 countries.
“[A deputy] in the committee is the operational assistant to the National Police chief, who is backed up by the military,” Erick said on Sunday.
He added that the committee had coordinated with the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) and it would create an intelligence desk to prevent terror attacks during the event.
He went on to say that the committee would tighten security for journalists and spectators.
Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno said the city administration would prepare 6,000 CCTV equipped with facial recognition to improve security. “We will conduct routine briefings with INASGOC,” Sandiaga added.
On Sunday, the country was rocked by suicide bombings at three churches in Surabaya, East Java, that left at least 13 dead and dozens injured.
The incident happened just four days after a riot broke out at the National Police’s Mobile Brigade (Mako Brimob) detention center in Depok. Five police officers and a detainee were killed during that incident. (wit)
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