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Myanmar police tighten security in border regions
Publication Date : 22-08-2013
The Myanmar government has ordered its police to tighten security measures in border regions, according to police sources.
This came after reports of bomb threats in some regions and states, and the posting on the Internet of the entry of terrorists into the country and the Taliban conducting a military training course.
"Police have paid special focus on security following such reports. In the district, Paletwa township is close to the border region so we are trying to get news first about imminent terrorist attacks in cooperation with the regional military unit and authorities. The police have been strengthened and well-equipped with arms and ammunition. Moreover, we have built bunkers at the police stations," said Police Chief Myo Aung, from Mindat District Police Force in Kachin State.
The Rakhine state started tightening security in Buthidaung town of Maungdaw district bordering Bangladesh on August 6 after rumours about an alleged bomb threat.
"Of the railway schedules along the border, we have directed officials to pay more attention to Lashio-Myitkyina route," said police colonel Hla Moe, chief of Railway Police Force on Tuesday.
The chief of Shan State Police Force also said rumours of bomb attacks led to tightened security and CCTVs installed in some places in the state.
"Police have been ordered to scale up security more than ever in the states and regions of the country," said police lieutenant colonel Min Aung from the security department of Myanmar Police Force.