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Friday June 23, 11:47 AM

Malaysia to send 250 more police to boost security in E. Timor

(Kyodo) _ Malaysia will deploy an additional 250 police personnel to boost its current peacekeeping force in East Timor, federal police chief Mohamad Bakri Omar said late Thursday.

"We will help in whatever way needed. We are tasked to bring back police enforcement in the capital of Dili and make it as a safe ground," he was quoted as saying by the official news agency Bernama.

There are already 333 Malaysian personnel from both the police and military forces stationed in Dili, the capital of East Timor, joining troops from Australia, New Zealand and Portugal to secure the conflict-riddled nation that just gained independence four years ago.

Bakri said the new team would assist the East Timor police in rebuilding their department.

Malaysian police conducted training for their East Timor counterparts four years ago.

East Timor is once again rocked by violence after disgruntled former soldiers took to the streets in a bloody battle with government forces, leaving at least 30 people dead and 150,000 people homeless.


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