Indonesia to ramp up security amid Christmas and New Year celebrations

December 14, 2012
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JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The approaching Christmas and New Year celebrations are prompting the National Police to ramp up security in seven areas believed to be prime targets for terror attacks, local media reported.

The Jakarta Globe reported the areas are: East Java, Central Java, Jakarta, North Sumatra, Central Sulawesi, Bali and Maluku. They were selected from past experience and current trends, according to Badrodin Haiti, the National Police’s assistant head of operations, who spoke on Wednesday (December 12th).

The Globe and Xinhua report that Indonesian terrorists shifted targets, opting to attack police stations rather than churches as militants now consider state security officers their main enemies.

Terrorism expert Al Chaidar noted the number of attacks on churches dropped significantly because most members of terror networks that targeted churches in the past have been arrested.

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