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Wednesday, 18 September, 2002, 13:33 GMT 14:33 UK
SE Asia moves against terror
Thailand and Malaysia say they are co-ordinating security efforts and sharing information about terrorist groups, including al- Qaeda.

Speaking in Kuala Lumpur, the Thai armed forces commander, Admiral Narong Yuthavong, said there was evidence of al-Qaeda activity in the region but gave no further details.

Malaysia's armed forces chief, General Mohamad Zahidi Zainuddin, said that border security measures would be tightened.

The moves follow a spate of anti-terrorist activity this week by regional governments in co-operation with the United States.

Malaysia has approved US interrogation of a former army officer, Yazid Sufaat, suspected of al-Qaeda links and Indonesia confirmed it arrested a suspected senior al-Qaeda operative, Omar al-Faruq, now in US custody in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile Philippines police say an Indonesian man suspected of involvement in a bombing campaign linked to a radical Islamic group has been arrested.

On Monday Singapore detained 21 people suspected of ties to the same group, Jemaah Islamiyah.

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