Bali on Alert Ahead of Bali Bombing Anniversary
Suspicion of terrorist movement has put the Bali regional police on standby ahead of the tenth commemoration of the Bali bombings, which will be held at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) in Jimbaran, Bali.
“We need to understand the indication of a terror threat. Therefore, despite having adequate security forces in our environment, we are still gathering intelligence to secure the venue, before and after the event,” Bali’s Chief of Police, Inspector General Budi Gunawan said here.
The statement was delivered during a briefing with the Bali police force at the Mobile Brigade Command Headquarters in Tohpati, Denpasar.
“We will tighten security around the venue and keep track of all the people entering the venue,” Gunawan said, adding that the tenth commemoration of Bali bombing I will be attended by 3,000 people, including families of the victims, the Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia and some representatives of the Australian government.
According to Gunawan, Bali police officers are currently in a state of high alert. As a precaution, he has ordered all officers, across ranks, to recognize all of members of the police force.
“We do not want any intruders. For instance, some cyclists entered the VVIP area in Nusa Dua some time ago or in a similar incident in Maluku,” he elaborated.
Meanwhile Bali police are ready with snipers to ensure security during the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Bali bombings on October 12.
“We have made preparations for sorties at the entry gates and planned escape routes. We have also prepared snipers. I have asked the intelligence agency to prepare a team of strikers and report recipients as well. All agents must be ready,” said the Bali regional police command chief, Inspector General Budi Gunawan, at the regional Mobile Brigade headquarters here on Wednesday.
“I have asked all my men to be on guard all the time during the event,” he added.
choing Gunawan’s views, Bali Deputy police chief, Brigadier General Ketut Untung Yoga Ana stated that he had received information about a terror threat to the VVIPs attending the event.
“Before and during the event, we will initiate security precautions in the form of detection and prevention,” Ana said.
He stated, that the police had “prepared a team in line with the degree of perceived security threat”.
However, he refused to provide details about the number of snipers that will be deployed to ensure security at the ceremony.
“We keep monitoring and reassessing things as and when necessary. Hopefully, we will be ready enough. Those intending to create disturbances should remember that we have made preparations to ensure that the tragedy never happens again,” Ana said.
Meanwhile, Garuda Wisnu Kencana, which is the venue of the event, will be sterilized by the police starting from Thursday (October 11).
“Beside focusing on the venue, we will also secure some areas around the venue, such as Humanitarian Tragedy Monument in Legian or the `Ground Zero since it will be visited by thousands of people,” Ana added.
Bali police have also stepped up security because several foreign dignitaries are scheduled to attend the commemoration event, including Australian Prime Minister Julia Gilard.
Some 3,000 members of the victims’ families from home and abroad are expected to attend the commemoration event.
On October 12, 2002, more than 200 people were killed in the Bali bombing attacks, many of whom were Australian tourists.Filed under: Headlines