August 19, 2016

State Counsellor to be provided with tight security after reported ISIS threat

MYANMAR will be tightening security in light of information that the State Counsellor and Union Minister for the President’s Office and Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was named as a target of the Islamic State (IS), said an official from the President’s Office yesterday.
Deputy Director-General U Zaw Htay of the President’s Office told the Global New Light of Myanmar that the State Counsellor will be provided with tight security for her safety after the reported ISIS threat, expressing his view based on previous terrorist incidents that ISIS sent messages before attacks were carried out.
The Strait Times, a Singapore-based newspaper, reported that the Negri Sembilan state police station in Malaysia received a letter that named several top leaders in Malaysia as well as Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as targets of ISIS.
The deputy director-general stressed the need for taking the letter seriously, pointing out that warnings were issued prior to terrorist attacks linked to ISIS in the past.
He quoted the Ministry of Home Affairs as saying that the ministry will cooperate with the Malaysian government in counterterrorism and the exchange of information regarding the threat.
Alerts will be set up in light of the information, said U Zaw Htay, adding that it is important not to overstate or understate the threat but that further security measures must be taken into account.
“We will gather further information,” Chief Security Officer Police Brig-Gen Win Naing Tun told the GNLM, adding that security arrangements have been set up for the country’s top leaders.
Nay Pyi Taw Police Commander Police Col Ko Ko Aung said on 12 May that security officers have been deployed to provide tight security for State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.


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