I.S. SUP­PORT­ERS

Tweets praise at­tack

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HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

IS­LAMIC State (IS) sup­port­ers took to so­cial me­dia yes­ter­day to cel­e­brate the bomb blast at the end of a con­cert by Amer­i­can singer Ari­ana Grande in the English city of Manch­ester on Mon­day.

The blast, which struck as 21,000 fans were leav­ing the con­cert venue, claimed the lives of at least 22 peo­ple and wounded more than 50 oth­ers.

The Daily Mail re­ported that two mes­sages, posted by Twit­ter user @owys663 four hours be­fore the at­tack, had “pre­dicted” the bomb­ing.

The first said: “Are (sic) you for­get our threat? This is the just ter­ror.”

The post­ing ends with hash­tags Is­lamic State, Manch­ester Arena, UK and Bri­tish.

In the sec­ond post, the same user posted a pic­ture of an IS flag. Reuters re­ported that Twit­ter ac­counts af­fil­i­ated with IS had

“We are def­i­nitely look­ing at tight­en­ing se­cu­rity,” Yo­gesh Mehta, project man­ager at IME En­ter­tain­ment Group, said.

“All our events are li­cenced by the po­lice. It is nor­mally ad­vised by the li­cenc­ing de­part­ment on what pre­cau­tions to take, how many armed guards we need. So, we work closely with them.”

Sin­ga­pore, which will host a se­cu­rity sum­mit be­tween June 2 and 4, bring­ing to­gether Asia-Pa­cific de­fence and mil­i­tary chiefs, made amend­ments to the Pub­lic Or­der Act last month.

It re­quires event or­gan­is­ers to no­tify the po­lice a month be­fore­hand if they ex­pect more than 5,000 peo­ple to at­tend.

Po­lice may refuse to al­low a pub­lic gather­ing if it has a direct politi­cal end or in­volves for­eign­ers.

In Hong Kong, Asi­aWorld Expo, where Ari­ana Grande is due to hold a con­cert in Septem­ber, said it would im­prove se­cu­rity at all con­certs and events.

Be­sides bag­gage in­spec­tion, there would also be metal de­tec­tors and search dogs, it said in a state­ment.

In Taipei, which will host the Sum­mer Univer­si­ade sports event in Au­gust, of­fi­cials said they al­ready had the high­est lev­els of readi­ness.

“We will raise them even higher as ap­pro­pri­ate in re­sponse to over­seas ter­ror­ist at­tacks, such as the one in Manch­ester,” said Univer­si­ade spokesman Rony Yang.

In Mel­bourne, the Mel­bourne Cricket Ground, Australia’s big­gest sports arena, said it was re­view­ing pro­ce­dures.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull said the gov­ern­ment was work­ing closely with other coun­tries on strat­egy.

In Manila, SM in­vest­ments Corp, whose Mall of Asia Arena will host Ari­ana Grande in Au­gust, said it would take all pre­cau­tions.

“Our se­cu­rity is al­ways stepped up, es­pe­cially for big crowds like this,” said its in­vest­ment re­la­tions chief, Co­ra­zon Guidote.

In Kolkata, the busi­ness hub for east In­dia, po­lice said the se­cu­rity drill for pub­lic gath­er­ings would have to be re­viewed. Reuters

AP PIC

Po­lice gather­ing at Manch­ester Arena af­ter an ex­plo­sion at the venue at the end of an Ari­ana Grande con­cert on Mon­day.

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