Malaysia on highest security alert after Jakarta blasts

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that Malaysian police are in a state of highest security alert.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that Malaysian police are in a state of highest security alert.PHOTO: THE STAR

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK, AFP) - Malaysian police are in a state of highest security alert following several terrorist related incidents in the last few months, with the latest occurring in Jakarta, said Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

The IGP said police have been stepping up preventive measures to pre-empt such atrocities from happening in Malaysia.

"We also increased security measures at public places, including shopping malls and tourist spots.

"Extra precautionary actions will also be implemented in border areas to prevent possible infiltration by terrorist elements," he said in a statement on Thursday.

Those suspected of being involved in terrorist activities will be closely monitored, added the country's top cop.

"Police personnel nationwide are on constant vigilance," he said.

"We are closely monitoring the latest developments to ensure the safety and security of the people."

Suicide attackers struck the Indonesian capital on Thursday, with a series of explosions and gunfire that tore through a Starbucks cafe and shook an embassy district in the Muslim-majority nation.

In what Indonesian President Joko Widodo dubbed "acts of terror", at least seven people were known to have died - including two who police said blew themselves up in the area which is also overlooked by United Nations offices.