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Police beef up Easter security after church cordoned off

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 31 2013   /  10:59 am
Holy Saturday: Catholics are deep in prayers at an evening service at Jakarta Cathedral, Central Jakarta. (JP/Nurhayati)(JP/Nurhayati)

Holy Saturday: Catholics are deep in prayers at an evening service at Jakarta Cathedral, Central Jakarta. (JP/Nurhayati)The Jakarta Police will deploy about 4,300 officers to guard 1,129 churches, especially those prone to threats of forced closure or attacks, in Greater Jakarta on Sunday when they hold Easter services.

Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said on Saturday that the officers would come from police forces at all levels in Greater Jakarta, with additional personnel coming from the Jakarta Public
Order Agency.

“Police officers have been maintaining security at all churches in their respective jurisdictions since Thursday until Sunday afternoon,” he told The Jakarta Post.

He said police and internal security guards at the Jakarta Cathedral and the Immanuel Church, both in Central Jakarta, had combed the areas in their vicinity for explosive...