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Terrorist Organisation’s Document Left on Flight in Myanmar

Myanmar's Mandalay regional police force has confiscated some documents related to a terrorist organization believed to have been left by a foreigner in a domestic scheduled flight, local sources said Tuesday.

The documents containing some details about Islamic State (IS) terrorist group were found by cleaners of the Kanbawza Airline at Thada Oo Airport of Mandalay when the flight stopped over there on its arranged schedule from Yangon to Heho via Nyaung Oo and Mandalay, the sources quoted the police as saying.

The passenger had dropped at Nyaung Oo airport before the documents were discovered, the sources added.

Investigations are underway over the case.

Myanmar authorities has tightened security in Yangon region, especially religious buildings, ever since Al-Qaida leader Ayman al Zawahiri announced new focus on Myanmar, Bangladesh and India in September.

Earlier in the month, a video featuring Zawahiri describing the launch of a new branch in the Indian subcontinent with the aim of expanding jihad to the region was released.

Following Al-Qaida's statement, the Burmese Muslim Association (BMA) denied to accept it, urging people to live together in harmony regardless of racial and religious differences and calling on the government to prevent sharing of terrorism belief in the country through systematic programs.

Precautionary measures have been reportedly taken by armed forces to beef up check points and monitor infiltration of terrorists. Xinhua

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