Malaysia on ‘high alert’ after Christchurch shootings, says IGP

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said he has instructed all police chiefs to inform their ground officers to be on high alert and to monitor churches and temples here. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said he has instructed all police chiefs to inform their ground officers to be on high alert and to monitor churches and temples here. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun has ordered all state and district police chiefs to be on “high alert” for possible retaliation in the aftermath of the terror attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand last Friday.

Fifty people died and another 50, including three Malaysians, were injured in the shooting incidents. One Malaysian teenager is still missing.

“Immediately after the shooting, I instructed all police chiefs to inform their ground officers to be on high alert and to monitor churches and temples here, fearing retaliation.

“So immediate action has been taken Don’t worry, we are always on high alert,” he told reporters after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding by Koperasi Polis Diraja Malaysia Bhd, the Retired Senior Police Officers Association of Malaysia and Persatuan Industri Keselamatan Malaysia.

The family of Malaysian Mohd Haziq Mohd Tarmizi, 17, who went missing after the shooting is still working with the police to seek his whereabouts.

Another two Malaysians, Mohd Tarmizi Shuib, 46, from Kedah and Mohd Nazril Hisham Omar, 46, from Kelantan, are being treated in hospital.

Mohd Haziq is the son of Mohd Tarmizi.

Another victim, Rahimi Ahmad, 39, from Penang underwent a third operation to remove bullet fragments from his body.

The shooter, who has been identified as an Australian named Brenton Tarrant, had live-streamed his entire killing spree on the internet, enabling the massacre to be viewed by millions of users around the globe.

Tarrant was charged with murder a day after the shooting and will be detained until April 15. The police have also arrested three others for hostilities.

The incident drew global condemnation, with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also vowing to amend the country’s gun laws.

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