Police shot dead six suspected terrorists in Tuban, East Java, on Wednesday (08/04). (Antara Photo/Aguk Sudarmojo)

Enhanced Security Measures Needed to Prevent Terror Attacks: Lawmaker


APRIL 10, 2017

Jakarta. Bambang Soesatyo, chairman of the House of Representatives' Commission III on legal affairs, on Sunday (09/04) urged National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian to increase security measures across the archipelago to prevent future terror attacks.

Bambang cited Saturday's drive-by shooting in Tuban, East Java, that targeted police officers, noting that similar attacks may occur in the future.

In retaliation the police shot dead six suspected members of the Islamic militant group Jamaah Anshurut Daulah (JAD) in Tuban.

"These kinds of attacks will continue to occur so long as terrorist groups remain in the country," Bambang said.

The Golkar politician said police have to prevent terror attacks similar to those that recently occurred in Sweden and the UK.

Most recently, militants affiliated with Islamic State attacked two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt, killing as many as 44.

"There are indications that terrorist masterminds have ordered sympathizers in various parts of the world to carry out lone wolf attacks," Bambang said.

These incidents, according to the lawmaker, justify the police taking enhanced security measures.

Bambang made a similar call for enhanced security measures last July, following a suicide bombing in the Central Java city of Solo.