Concern over threats from regional terror groups

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BRUNEI-MUARA

BRUNEI remains “vulnerable” to regional security threats and terrorism, the assistant commissioner of the Royal Brunei Police Force said yesterday.

Hj Mohamed Don Hj Harith said Brunei’s geographical location exposes the Sultanate to regional terrorist groups who may intend to make Brunei a safe haven.

Networking among terrorists in the Southeast Asian region has proved robust, with existing threats in training camps in southern Philippines and Indonesia, he said.

The assistant commissioner was speaking during the opening of a counter-terrorism course aimed at expanding knowledge on weapons of mass destruction and threats in the region.

Hj Mohd Don, who is also acting director of RBPF’s Operations, further said radicalisation is also a concern as many youth turn to the Internet.

The Intelligence Working Group on Counter Terrorism in Brunei remain vigilant for “possible and credible” terrorist threats against the country’s interests “locally and abroad”, he added.

A select group of 31 government officers are attending the counter-terrorism course, which is conducted by instructors from the US government’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Defence Threat Reduction Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

The four-day course is a collaborative effort by the Safety and Enforcement Department of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the US Embassy.

Officers from PMO, Ministry of Defence, Royal Customs and Excise Department, National Disaster and Management Center (NDMC) and Fire and Rescue Department were among those participating in the course at the Civil Service Institute.

Meanwhile, US Ambassador to Brunei Daniel Shields praised the wide selection of the attending participants as evidence of Brunei playing its part in securing peace in the region.

“Such a broad cross section of participants speaks to the deeper truth of ensuring peace: that it is not solely military’s job or the police’s job. It is the responsibility of all of us,” he said.

The Brunei Times