FIJI STEPS UP ANTI-TERRORISM SECURITY AROUND AIRPORT

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Acting Superintendent defends effort calling threat ‘real’

By Ana Niumataiwalu SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 4, 2010) - Terrorist threats are real and Fiji cannot afford to be complacent, says deputy commanding officer Border Control Unit acting Superintendent Manasa Talala.

He made the remark to a team of 25 officers from the Police Border Control Unit who started their pro-active impact perimeter patrol of the Nadi International Airport on New Year's Day.

Acting SP Talala said the routine checks were to create awareness of their approach regarding terrorist threats.

"This is also to create awareness and members of the public that we are realistic in our approach," he said. "The impact patrols are being carried out around the perimeter of the airport.

"It's important for Fiji and right now looking at threats from outside but don't know where it could strike from the air, land or sea.

"We are planning to do this every two or three days in order for the officers to familiarize themselves."

Acting Superintendent Talala said the impact perimeter patrols were prompted by the recent attempt by a Nigerian national to bomb a jet headed for Detroit in the US from the Netherlands.

He said police were also working with the Airports Fiji Limited to improve security measures at the international airport.

He reminded his officers that they were not only to focus on people who were moving in and out of the country.

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