Cops on high terror alert during festive period

  • Nation
  • Monday, 19 Dec 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: Extra attention will be focused on potential terror targets in the city and other areas, including houses of worship, entertainment outlets and locations of interest to the United States during the Christmas and New Year holiday periods.

The police are on high alert for any possible terror threat du­ring this period, said Bukit Aman Spe­cial Branch Department director Comm Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

“This holiday period is a crucial time and we are not taking any chances.

“We are taking every preemptive action to ensure that no attacks take place,” he said when interviewed yesterday.

“We have to remain vigilant. Look at what happened in Turkey, where attacks occurred in such a short period of time.

“That is why we are giving emphasis on more security during the Christmas and New Year celebrations,” he added.

Gathering actionable intelligence, said Mohamad Fuzi, was a crucial part in being a step ahead of ter­rorists.

The Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division has thwarted at least 14 planned terrorist attacks on home soil.

Since February 2013, 260 militants have been arrested.

At least 30 policemen at a football stadium were among those killed in a double attack in Turkey while two young girls, aged seven or eight, are said to have staged a suicide bombing in Nigeria.

Egypt also saw one of the dead­liest attacks against Christians in recent memory.

A police station was also bombed in Somalia, killing 20 people.

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