Airport security strengthened after Jakarta attack

Indonesian police walk on a street past police chalk markings showing shell casings and debris following an attack in central Jakarta January 14, 2016.
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State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II has said that it has strengthened security at 13 airports under its control, including Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, the country's main gateway, following the terrorist attack in downtown Jakarta that killed at least seven people on Thursday.

PT Angkasa Pura II president director Budi Karya Sumadi stressed that after the terror attack on Jl. M.H. Thamrin, the main thoroughfare in the capital city, security officers had intensified patrols around airports.



"PT Angkasa Pura's [security officers] have started to check all the public facilities at the airports, including the parking lots. They are randomly checking vehicles entering the airports," said Budi as reported by on Thursday.

According to Budi, his company had coordinated with the Indonesian Military and the National Police since December to strengthen security at airports after security officers warned of possible terror attacks over the Christmas and New Year's Eve period.

Budi also said that more security officers had been deployed to airports, including to Soekarno-Hatta.



Airport management at Soekarno-Hatta is also operating some 1,500 CCTV cameras on a 24-hour cycle to monitor all corners of the airport.

Thursday's explosions and gunfire in Jakarta resulted in the deaths of five terrorists and two civilians. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo condemned the attack and instructed security officials to immediately uncover the terrorist network involved in the attack. (bbn)


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