Tighter security measures

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  • Thursday, 25 Apr 2019

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun speaking at forum called 'Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC): In The Direction of Excellence in Policing Service' at the Royal Malaysian Police College in Cheras on Thursday Nov 29, 2018 - Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: All state police chiefs have been instructed to implement tighter security measures, especially at houses of worship, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, says Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

Increased security measures have also been put in place at several locations nationwide and the Sri Lanka High Commission here, he said.

“We have raised the security level and alert nationwide after the attacks on Sunday.

“We cannot afford to let our guard down, all police personnel are staying vigilant,” he told a press conference after witnessing the handing over ceremony for the Bukit Aman Narcotic Crimes Investigation Department director.

Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh handed over the post to Deputy Comm Datuk Kamarulzaman Mamat, who takes over on an

acting capacity.

Mohamad Fuzi said there was no indication of involvement by Malay­sians in the Sri Lanka bombings.

“I am aware of talk of terrorist links to Malaysians. But so far, the investigations have not yielded such connections.

“We are still collecting intelligence and probing further,” he said.

The country’s top cop said Bukit Aman was also in contact with their foreign counterparts to uncover the networks of those responsible for the attacks.

More than 300 people were killed and at least 450 injured in bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, the first major attack on the island since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.

Sri Lanka authorities said it believed a local extremist group was behind the attacks. But the Islamic State (IS) terror group has since claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Reuters reported that IS has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Sri Lanka, which it said were carried out by seven attackers.

But it gave no evidence to support its claim of responsibility. If true, it would be one of the worst attacks carried out by the IS group outside Iraq and Syria.

More than 60 people have been detained for questioning as the death toll climbed to 359.

In Johor Baru, state deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Mohd Din said police would continue to keep a careful watch on houses of worship in the state following the attacks in Colombo, Negombo town, north of the capital, and the east coast town of Batticaloa.

“There is no doubt that the threats by foreign Islamist extremist groups are there in the country, including Johor. But the situation is under control,” said DCP Mohd Kamarudin during a blood donation drive in conjunction with the 212th Police Day celebrations at a shopping complex in Taman Pelangi here yesterday.

He said police together with the security agencies were monitoring the people’s movements at the Causeway and the Second Link in Tanjung Kupang, Gelang Patah.

“We are also monitoring those entering and leaving the country via Johor using ferry terminals,” said DCP Mohd Kamarudin.

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