Indonesian officers at an exercise in Jakarta (Photo: VNA)

Jakarta (VNA)
– Indonesian President Joko Widodo held a meeting in Jakarta on May 22 to discuss the establishment of the Joint Command of the anti-terrorism Special Operations (Koopssusgab).

Indonesia’s police chief Tito Karnavian said the move aims to cope with terror attacks which have become more complicated after a series of suicide bombings that killed more than 30 people in East Java and Riau provinces recently.

The national police will support the armed forces in anti-terrorism activities, he added.

According to Karnavian, the cooperation mechanism between the police and armed forces as well as the support of local people plays a significant role in the country’s terrorism prevention efforts.

The joint command is made up of the country’s elite special operations units from all three service branches.

Koopssusgab was first initiated in 2015 as Indonesia was stepping up its efforts against the rising threat of the self-styled Islamic State.-VNA