Malaysia Creates Anti-Terror Force For Quick Response

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KUALA LUMPUR – The newly-established National Special Operations Force (NSOF) will serve as the nation’s security forces’ first responders to terror threats.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the unit, consisting of police, armed forces and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) personnel, will serve as an integrated team in the face of terror attacks.

“We are not apologetic for any measures taken by the nation’s security forces,” he said at the launch of the NSOF at the Sungai Besi army camp yesterday.

The prime minister expressed confidence that the NSOF would prove effective in upholding Malaysia’s security against all threats, including the Islamic State terror group.

Najib said that although the NSOF personnel will be seconded from the three agencies in the initial stage, designated posts will be made once the unit is fully operational.

This, he said, is to prevent any disruptions to the operations of the agencies involved. Malaysia, said the prime minister, is the first country in the world to form an integrated security force to respond to terror threats.

He said the NSOF is almost fully operational with 17 officers and 170 personnel, who will be based at the Sungai Besi army camp. – NST