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    Jan 15, 2016

    Singapore, Malaysia increase security checks


    SINGAPORE and Malaysia have stepped up security measures following the Jakarta terror attacks yesterday morning.

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong condemned the attacks, adding that Singapore will give its full support to the Indonesian government to bring the perpetrators to justice, The Straits Times reported.

    "Shocked and dismayed by news of the bomb attacks in Jakarta (yesterday). Our Ministry of Foreign Affairs is contacting Singaporeans registered with our Embassy in Jakarta," Mr Lee wrote in a Facebook post. "My thoughts are with the families of the victims and the Indonesian people."

    Several blasts were reported in Jakarta yesterday, including outside Starbucks cafe on the ground floor of the Jakarta Theatre building. Seven people were killed, including five terrorists, said Reuters.

    There have been no reports of Singaporeans hurt in the Jakarta blasts.

    Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said Singapore has stepped up security measures. "All of us can also help by staying vigilant. Let us stand together, united against possible security threats," he added.

    The Singapore Armed Forces said that due to the heightened security measures, soldiers on duty "will conduct additional checks for any irregularities and respond to any suspicious activities in accordance with the existing procedures".

    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 the country's Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar.

    He added that police have stepped up preventive measures too, The Star reported.

    "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.