Jakarta, Aug 6 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian security forces fended off crowd`s provocation and saved hostages from a hijacked bus in a drill on Monday, as the countdown to the 2018 Asian Games continued.

"Today we have organized a security simulation for the athletes on their way into the venue," South Jakarta Police Chief Sr. Comr. Indra Jafar said in an interview after the drill here on Monday.

Security forces simulated a riot against athletes and a hostage situation. For the drill, dozens of officers from South Jakarta, the Mobile Brigade Corps, and Indonesian National Armed Forces gathered in a parking lot before Pondok Indah Golf Gallery, one of the two Asian Games venues in South Jakarta.

"The entire drill went well," said Jafar.

"We will apply a three-ring security system for the Asian Games. The first ring covers inside the venue; the second covers outside the venue; and the third covers the area nearby. The security officers will apply another open-and-closed security system as well," the Police Chief added.

For the open system, officers wearing uniforms will patrol Asian Games venues; for the closed system, plain clothes officers will accompany athletes and VIP guests as undercover bodyguards.

"According to the military chief (Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto) and the national police chief (General Tito Karnavian), the most serious threat are the terror attacks that intend to disrupt the event,"said Jafar.

Indonesian special forces completed a counter-terrorism drill on Aug. 1, simulating a militant attack at the complex of Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, the main stadium of the Asian Games.

The continental sporting event is set to run from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 in Jakarta and Palembang. The southeast Asia`s biggest country is preparing to host tens of thousands of athletes and spectators.

Editing by Suharto

Reporter: Chi Jo-yao
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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