The deputy minister for Home Affairs has revealed that the Union has made extensive efforts to combat terrorism in country and beyond, including surveillance of suspected terrorists and specially trained anti-terrorist combatants, it was learnt yesterday.
The revelation came from Maj-Gen Aung Soe, the Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, in his response to a question from MP U Tin Aye about whether Myanmar was prepared for a possible terrorist attack.
“The Ministry has world terrorist organizations and their members recorded, international mercenary fighters registered, having terrorist suspects kept under constant surveillance, and is concurrently making arrangements to be able to take prompt action against them”, Maj-Gen Aung Soe said yesterday
The deputy minister said Myanmar is collaborating with local, regional and international organisations in the fight against terrorism.
The State has made following tasks to give prompt response to destructive elements, according to the Ministry for Home Affairs:
1. Organizing Counter-Terrorism Department in the Police Force Special Branch to carry out relief and operations missions
2. Deploying specially-trained anti-terrorist combat groups in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Mandalay.
3. Having security guards stationed at religious edifices, bridges and factories of importance, and guarding of dignitaries under a special security programme
4. Exchange and collection of terrorist attack information and linking with INTERPOL, ASEANAPOL, neighbouring countries, and allied organizations and other sources.
5. Establishing an Administration Centre for National-Level Emergency Cases at Nay Pyi Taw, equipped with advanced technology for use on the central, state and regional levels.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has also made efforts to eradicate money laundering in the Union to prevent the funding of terrorist groups. The Money Laundering Eradication Law and the related MLE centre has been formed, according to the ministry.
At international border gates, up-to-date equipment and databases such as the MIND/ FIND Device (Mobile/ Fixed Interpol Network Database have been installed for security, surveillance and linking with Interpol.
And at border areas abutting China, Thailand, India and Laos, Border Liaison Officers are watching those who go in and out of the country, according to the ministry. At international Airports, CCTVs are installed and a Police Command Centre is watching around the clock.
As soon as it is learnt that there is a potential terrorist entering the country, the deputy minister said, police who are linked to departments concerned immediately commence gathering intelligence. From this information, the terrorism threat is categorised into 5 levels, ranging from level 1 (wanted list) to level 5 (on record).
“If necessary, terrorist attacks will be fought hand-to-hand with Tatmadawmen” the deputy minister said.—Myanmar News Agency