Subject: KY: E. Timor police beef up border security amid armed incursions

Friday February 4, 6:18 PM

E. Timor police beef up border security amid armed incursions

(Kyodo) _ East Timor has beefed up border security amid signs of armed groups making incursions into the country from Indonesian West Timor, local police said Friday.

Police Commander Paulo Martins told reporters that the police are establishing security posts in rural and isolated areas close to the border.

"There are signs of armed groups entering the country. So we are going to establish posts in rural zones in order to provide security for people who live around the border areas," he said.

Martins said the incursions came from Indonesian West Timor through zones out of the reach of the police.

"They are illegally entering here but also with arms. It means that their intention is to disturb the stability of the country," he said.

Martins declined to say whether the groups are pro-Indonesian militiamen. However, referring to the capture of an armed man last month in the border area of Maliana, Martins said investigations revealed that the man is a former member of Indonesia's military intelligence unit.

East Timor, a Portuguese colony for more than 400 years, gained independence May 20, 2002, after more than 24 years under Indonesian occupation and two and a half years under U.N. administration.

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