An­a­lyst sees disturbing trend in tim­ing of at­tacks

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Fol­low­ing backto-back sui­cide bomb­ings in Manch­ester, the United King­dom, and Jakarta, In­done­sia, a counter ter­ror­ism ex­pert has ob­served a disturbing trend.

An­drin Raj said that while the evolv­ing threat had no sig­nif­i­cance to the Ra­madan, the tim­ing of the at­tacks over the past years were sim­i­lar in na­ture.

“The pat­tern fol­lows sim­i­lar dates of at­tacks, which is very disturbing. The dates of past five at­tacks took place on the 22nd of the month.

“I fear that prob­a­bly, a big­ger at­tack will take place some­where in the near fu­ture,” he told the New Straits Times yes­ter­day.

An­drin was asked to give his views on the two at­tacks which took place just days be­tween each other, killing 25 peo­ple and wound­ing many oth­ers.

An­drin said the threat had a pat­tern that the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned must an­a­lyse and in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther.

“The threat that is evolv­ing glob­ally is telling us some­thing big­ger will come soon,” he said.

On the spate of re­cent ter­ror at­tacks, in­clud­ing those in Min­danao and Bangkok, which Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said were linked to the killing of Malaysian Is­lamic State (IS) ter­ror­ist Muham­mad Wan­ndy Jedi, An­drin said: “The at­tacks in South­east Asia are a warn­ing to Asian gov­ern­ments that IS is pre­sent and that they are now in con­trol.”

Univer­siti Utara Malaysia (UUM) po­lit­i­cal and in­ter­na­tional stud­ies se­nior lec­turer Md

Shukri Shuib said the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity had to con­demn the Jakarta bomb­ings, which was not only “trai­tor­ous” to In­done­sia, but also to hu­man­ity and peace.

He warned that the spate of at­tacks was a sign that the mil­i­tants were ex­pand­ing their bar­baric cul­ture.

“Malaysia has to as­sist and co­op­er­a­tion with In­done­sia to tackle and com­bat these rad­i­cals.

“These cul­prits have sig­nalled their in­ten­tion to act rad­i­cally. So now, Asean has to come up with a closer and stronger cross-bor­der co­op­er­a­tion among se­cu­rity per­son­nel.

“This is cru­cial in or­der to elim­i­nate the threat, and to se­cure the re­gion from be­com­ing a re­gion of bul­lets and death,” he said, adding that “Help­ing thy neigh­bour” was a prin­ci­ple that must be­come a core value of Asean to counter ter­ror­ism.

Md Shukri Shuib

An­drin Raj

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