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Battening Down Baliís Hatches

Security Measures Increased In Bali Following Shooting Of Six Suspected Terrorists In Java

(1/3/2014) The State News Agency Antara reports that security measures have been intensified at a number of gateways to the Island of Bali following the shooting of six suspected terrorist in West and Central Java on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Gede Alit Widana of the Bali Police Operations Division, speaking at a discussion in Denpasar on Thursday, December 2, 2014, said, "We have taken a number of anticipative steps, including mapping, in cooperation with National Police Headquarters, the known movements of the terrorists."

Widana explained the Bali police will increase their supervision of the movements of people and goods at main ports such as Gilimanuk (West Bali) and Padangbai (East Bali).

He said members of neighborhood watches and community protection groupings, and village heads are now working with police to prevent any terrorist activities in Bali.

Over the New Year's period a massive police actions saw a shoot out between police and suspected terrorists at a private resident in Ciputat, West Java,

In that gun battle, six men, believed to be terrorists, were shot dead by police while another man was taken into custody.

Police also arrested another man believed to be a terrorist in Banyumas, Central Java on Monday, December 30, 2013.

Police have also searched know addresses of the men taken under arrest.