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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Stop rumours of IS threats in Sabah, say Cops

Sabah police today denied allegations of threats posed by Islamic State (IS) terrorist groups at several areas in the state as spread through WhatsApp chats since yesterday.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Abd Rashid Harun said the information was just rumours and he appealed to the public to stop believing them and refrain from spreading unverified news.

News about terrorist threats which went viral via WhatsApp since yesterday was believed to have been spread by irresponsible parties after police assets and personnel were deployed in several operations and roadblocks around the city area.

"The deployment of assets and personnel is a normal practice and has nothing to do with any incident or threat as claimed in the news," he told reporters after launching 'Ops Selamat 8' in conjunction with the Chinese New year celebration in Kota Kinabalu today.

He urged members of the public to contact the police station or the nearest district police headquarters to obtain whatever information and to avoid listening to rumours.

"The police will also issue a statement to the press immediately should there be any alarming news (threats)," he said.

Meanwhile, commenting on the Op Selamat 8, Abd Rashid said the police were focusing on security around housing estates and road safety.

"We urge motorists to always abide by traffic signs and refrain from driving while under the influence of alcohol.

"Those leaving their houses for a long period should inform the nearest police station so that police can patrol the areas to prevent break-ins," he said.

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