Myanmar tightens security at entry points to stop terrorists

YANGON (Bernama) – Myanmar has tightened security measures at the country’s entry points including border check points and airports in its efforts to prevent terrorists from infiltrating into the country, Xinhua news agency reported, citing Myanmar News Agency.

First Vice President U Myint Swe warned a meeting of Foreigners Monitoring and Protection Central Committee (FMPCC) in Nay Pyi Taw Tuesday that the recent terrorist attacks in northern Rakhine State can damage the country’s tourism industry and the situation demands security measures be stepped up at border points, the agency reported.

Extremist terrorists renewed attacks in the districts of Maungtaw and Buthidaung in Rakhine State in August, prompting Myanmar’s security forces to counter the offensive, causing displacements of the local residents.

The vice president called for strict scrutiny of foreigners entering the country, while protecting normal international visitors, diplomats, personnel of UN agencies and non-governmental organisations as well as foreigners with other visas.