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REUTERS
August 2, 2018

Indonesian forces hold drill ahead of Asiad

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REUTERS
August 2, 2018

JAKARTA: Indonesian security forces jumped out of helicopters and abseiled down the side of a high-rise in a counter-terrorism drill in Jakarta on Wednesday, as preparations for this month’s Asian Games gathered momentum.

Southeast Asia’s biggest nation is readying to host more than 100,000 athletes and spectators at the event, which is set to run from August 18 to September 2, guarded by tens of thousands of police and military personnel.

Special forces simulated a militant attack and a hostage situation at the main stadium complex after the country suffered its deadliest militant attacks in more than a decade in May.

Since a spate of suicide bombings in the second biggest city of Surabaya killed about 30 people, including several attackers, counter-

terrorism police looking

to defuse homegrown radicalism have detained nearly 250 suspected militants and killed 21.

“These arrests are part

of the process of our hosting and preparing for the

Asian Games,” said national police spokesman Setyo

Wasisto, adding that police were also cracking down on petty crime and traffic violations.

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