Security Tightened in Bali Ahead of Interpol Meeting

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The National Police have deployed 3,800 personnel to secure the resort island of Bali ahead of the 85th Interpol General Assembly, attended by police chiefs and representatives from 167 countries, slated to kick off on Monday.

The four-day meeting is expected to spark controversy from hard-line groups, particularly with the expected arrival of a delegation from Israel in Bali on Sunday.

The National Police said they were aware of a number of threats and had prepared accordingly for the second-biggest event after the UN General Assembly, including from Islamic State (IS) related groups in Indonesia.

“The Bali Police have been instructed to anticipate terror threats from IS-related groups or followers of Santoso,” said Bali Police operational division head Adj. Sr. Comr. Wayan Sri on Sunday in Bali, referring to an Indonesian terrorist who was shot dead in Palu, Central Sulawesi, in July.

Santoso’s followers are believed to be hiding in the jungles of Palu.

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Interpol has 191 member countries, of which 167 have confirmed their attendance at the event. Some 1,200 members of delegations, including member countries’ national police chiefs, are expected to attend the conference.

Topics to be discussed include assessing and tackling threats posed by returning foreign terrorist fighters.

Source & image: thejakartapost


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