IGP: Police never issued alert on terror targets

khalid-abu-bakar_list_600_newPETALING JAYA: Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar has dismissed a message, currently making rounds on social media, identifying several venues as potential Islamic State (IS) targets, as fake.

According to the message, Publika, Bangsar, The Curve, Mid Valley, “Kuala Lumpur Centre”, the KL Tower, Hartamas, Bukit Bintang and LRT stations were among the sites terrorists were planning to attack.

It also claimed that the government had “confirmed” that one of these places was indeed a target.

The nation’s top cop however denied it.

“This alert is not from PDRM (Royal Malaysian Police),” he tweeted.

Interestingly, several of the venues identified are similar to the “hotspots” pin-pointed by Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who in January claimed that Bangsar, Hartamas and The Curve were among the seven locations targeted by terrorists following a series of bombings in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Putrajaya lawmaker went on to claim the information was based on intelligence gathered by the authorities.

Khalid however later denied the sites were targets for terror attacks.

The latest list of supposed venues targeted by terrorists come in the wake of a grenade attack on a pub in Puchong last month.

Police later classified it as the first IS-related attack on Malaysian soil.