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Indonesian navy steps up sea border security

The Indonesian Navy is stepping up security in the country's sea borders to avoid terrorist threats, a naval officer said.

world Updated: Aug 24, 2009 16:04 IST

The Indonesian Navy is stepping up security in the country's sea borders to avoid terrorist threats, a naval officer said.

In the western part of Indonesia, the navy was coordinating with the Malaysian and Thai navies to detect terrorist threats in its sea bordering the two countries, Naval Chief of Staff Admiral Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno said in Jakarta on Saturday.

"In the eastern part, TNI AL is coordinating with the Malaysian and Philippine navies. These are all designed to detect and prevent as early as possible terrorist threats," he said.

He said the Navy had yet to receive any report of terrorist threat in the Indonesian waters bordering the neighboring states.

"After all, we cannot be inattentive. Besides security approaches, we also have mobilised our components, namely maritime defense officers assigned to nurture the public and tap information leading to the existence of terrorist threat," he said.

Despite limited budget, the Indonesian military (TNI) had always intensified its security particularly in the Indonesian areas bordering other countries, he said.