Indonesia strengthens security ahead of Christmas and New Year holidays hinh anh 1Indonesia police arrest a man suspected to be terrorist in Mekarsari, West Java, on October 26 - Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
Indonesian police have said they will launch a counter-terrorism campaign to ensure safety for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays.

Head of the police force Tito Karnavian said the campaign aims to prevent terrorist attacks during these occasions.

So far, police have not detected any terror plots but efforts to ensure security are underway, he confirmed.

Seventeen years ago on December 24, 2000, church bombings occurred in several cities in Indonesia, leaving 16 people dead and 96 others injured.

In an anti-terrorism campaign from December 9-11, Indonesia arrested 19 suspects from different regions, including East Java, Riau and South Sumatra provinces.-VNA