Bali tightens security amid series of East Java attacks

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Bali Police are enhancing security on the island after a string of terror attacks have rocked Indonesia’s East Java province, but are urging the public to remain calm.

In just two days, there have been three deadly explosions targeting churches and the headquarters of the Surabaya City Police.

Since Friday, Bali Police have raised the island province’s security to “Alert One,” Denpasar Police Chief Hadi Purnomo said yesterday, explaining that the increased alert was actually following the riot at the Depok Mobile Brigade Command Detention Center, that left five police and one prisoner dead last week.

“We are currently operating under Alert One so that the security will be guarding churches today at time of worship. In addition, there has been increased security in places where tourists visit,” Purnomo said on Sunday, as quoted by Bali Post.

The public should exercise increased vigilance and caution when in crowded spaces, but keep calm, says Bali Police spokesman Hengky Widjaja.

“We ask all people to pray that Bali remains safe and calm. In (public and worship) places, these areas are secured by patrols and increased police,” Widjaja said.

“We are tightening the security at points of entry and exit of Bali, namely sea ports and the airport, tourist attractions, and places of worship,” he said.

“Temporarily reduce activities outside and in public places and inform the nearest police about any suspicious behavior,” he said

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