Po­lice fo­cus on shop­ping mall se­cu­rity af­ter blasts

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - THAN NAING SOE LUN MIN MANG news­room@mm­times.com

In the wake of the past week­end’s ex­plo­sions at two re­tail out­lets in Yan­gon, Man­dalay po­lice yes­ter­day held a meet­ing to dis­cuss se­cu­rity guide­lines at com­mer­cial cen­tres.

MAN­DALAY po­lice yes­ter­day held a meet­ing with se­cu­rity per­son­nel from pri­vate com­pa­nies to dis­cuss se­cu­rity guide­lines at shop­ping cen­tres and other com­mer­cial out­lets in the wake of re­cent ex­plo­sions at two re­tail­ers in Yan­gon.

Po­lice Colonel Han Tun of the Man­dalay Re­gion Po­lice Force told meet­ing at­ten­dees that po­lice would co­op­er­ate with other rel­e­vant govern­ment de­part­ments to ed­u­cate the pri­vate sec­tor on se­cu­rity pro­to­cols.

“There had been in­ci­dents of ex­plo­sions in shop­ping malls and su­per­mar­kets in Yan­gon. To pre­vent sim­i­lar events from hap­pen­ing, we will carry out ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams con­cern­ing se­cu­rity with the co­op­er­a­tion of lo­cal po­lice, the Tat­madaw and the fire ser­vice depart­ment,” he said.

Se­cu­rity cam­eras’ footage should be closely re­viewed if an ex­plo­sion oc­curs or a bomb threat is cred­i­bly sus­pected, he said.

“It is bet­ter to be pro­tec­tive be­fore things hap­pen. Af­ter ex­plo­sion in­ci­dents, it is hard for po­lice to track down the per­pe­tra­tors,” he added.

Rub­ber-neck­ing mem­bers of the public should be kept at a dis­tance in the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of an ex­plo­sion as se­cu­rity per­son­nel as­sess the sit­u­a­tion, said Po­lice Ma­jor Soe Naing.

“There was an ex­plo­sion [on the road] be­tween Muse and Namkham. Af­ter the blast, some went to the site won­der­ing about the ex­plo­sion. Then, an­other re­mote mine was det­o­nated by in­sur­gents. It hit many peo­ple and left them in­jured,” he said. “That’s why, in cases of ex­plo­sions, peo­ple should not go to check out the site.”

Ko Nyi Nyi Aung, deputy man­ager of Di­a­mond Plaza in Man­dalay, said his shop­ping cen­tre had tight­ened its se­cu­rity in the af­ter­math of an in­ci­dent three years ago.

“We have great con­cern when it comes to se­cu­rity mat­ters. In 2013, there was a false alarm of an ex­plo­sion at our shop­ping cen­tre. Since then, we have de­ployed more se­cu­rity per­son­nel,” he said.

The Man­dalay meet-up comes af­ter mul­ti­ple blasts at two shop­ping cen­tres this month in Yan­gon. No one was in­jured in the in­ci­dents, at Ocean Su­per Cen­tre and Cap­i­tal Hyper­mar­ket.

Mean­while pic­tures of CCTV footage pur­port­edly show­ing sus­pects in the Cap­i­tal Hyper­mar­ket bomb­ing, which oc­curred in Daw­bon town­ship on Novem­ber 20, have cir­cu­lated on­line.

A po­lice of­fi­cer at the Daw­bon Town­ship Po­lice Sta­tion told The Myan­mar Times that CCTV footage tied to crimes is typ­i­cally kept from the public, but the im­ages of three men al­legedly in­volved in the bomb­ing of Cap­i­tal Hyper­mar­ket have been mak­ing the rounds on so­cial me­dia in re­cent days.

Mem­bers of the Yan­gon su­per­mar­ket’s man­age­ment team have said po­lice have not in­formed them of the sta­tus of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the bomb­ing, nor of any sus­pects in the case.

Cap­i­tal Hyper­mar­ket trans­ferred its se­cu­rity cam­eras’ footage to po­lice to as­sist in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The bombs planted at Cap­i­tal Hyper­mar­ket were de­scribed as “home­made ex­plo­sives” by a se­nior mem­ber of the store’s man­age­ment at a press con­fer­ence on Novem­ber 21.

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