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Jakarta Post

Jakarta on high alert: Security beefed up at train, police stations

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 14, 2018   /   02:46 pm
Jakarta on high alert: Security beefed up at train, police stations Barbed wire is erected at the North Jakarta Police headquarters while officers stand guard at the entrance on May 14. (Warta Kota/Junianto Hamonangan)

State-owned railway operator PT KAI has heightened security at several train stations in Jakarta following Sunday’s suicide bombings in Surabaya, East Java.

In a press statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Monday, KAI operational region (DAOP) 1 executive vice president R. Dadan Rudiansyah said that Gambir Station and Pasar Senen Station in Central Jakarta, two of the busiest trains stations from which thousands of people travel to and from Jakarta daily, would receive tighter security measures.

Thirty security personnel have been deployed, from the usual 25. Mirrors and portable metal detectors will also be used to check vehicles entering the stations, he said.

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"Everyone at the stations, both passengers and officers, are urged to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activities," he added.

Four separate suicide bombings across Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city after Jakarta, have killed at least 14 people and injured dozens of others in the past two days. 

Separately, Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said the police force had declared a Siaga 1, its highest security alert status, for the capital.

"This means we'll increase our efforts in checking anyone seeking to enter police stations. We are also conducting patrols with the military," Argo told reporters.