Kedah police on high alert

ALOR SETAR - Kedah police are beefing up security here and in Langkawi.

The focus will be at crowded locations which can become potential targets of terrorists attacks, said Kedah police chief commissioner Datuk Zamri Yahaya (pix).

He said the state district police chiefs in Kubang Pasu, Padang Terap and Langkawi were ordered to double-up security and to carry out thorough inspection on people entering the country from Thailand.

"I have also directed them to carry out stringent inspection on people suspected of having links to Islamic State (IS).

"We have close contact with the Bukit Aman anti-terrorism division for such information," he said when approached by reporters at Balai Penghadapan Istana Anak Bukit here Sunday.

He added that more policemen would be deployed to risk areas especially crowded places with foreign tourists.

Zamri, however, said there was no specific information on targeted areas.

"In the wake of the Jakarta attacks, we believe that the potential targets would be crowded places with tourists and Western interests," he said.

He also said that Malaysian police were always in touch with their Thai counterpart on information-sharing on any movement of suspected IS terrorists into the country.

He expressed hope that the public would share information if they came across any individuals acting suspiciously.

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