221 alleged terrorists nabbed, 21 shot dead weeks before Asian Games
The Jakarta Post
As law enforcement authorities step up security ahead of the 2018 Asian Games, National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said on Monday that 221 alleged terrorists had been arrested and 21 others shot dead in recent weeks.
"To this day, 242 alleged terrorists have been arrested [or shot dead] after the Surabaya attacks," Tito said during the 2018 Asian Games security coordination meeting at Jakarta Police headquarters on Monday, as reported by kompas.com.
He was referring to suicide bomb attacks on churches in the East Java capital of Surabaya in May, which killed 25 people, including 13 perpetrators.
He said the arrests occurred in places across the country and pledged that the police would be constantly on alert during the 2018 Asian Games, which will be opened on Aug. 18.
"No need to be too scared," Tito said, adding that high security would be maintained in view of the terrorist threat, especially during the opening and closing ceremonies and at locations where many supporters would gather, such as soccer games. (stu)
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