THE Namibian Police has been placed on high alert after the security cluster was requested to intensify intelligence operations to thwart possible attacks on Chinese nationals residing in Namibia.
The Defence Attaché of the Chinese Embassy in Namibia, General Gao Peng, in a letter to the Inspector General of the Namibian Police, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, to tighten security and enhance the sharing of information on potential threats of terrorist attacks aimed at Chinese residents of Namibia.
General Ndeitunga confirmed that he received such a request and said that the local Chinese Defence Attaché made the request in light of a string of attacks on Chinese nationals in Pakistan over the past two weeks.
The request was made after Chinese investigators in Pakistan found that a bomb that exploded on a bus that was transporting Chinese and Pakistani workers was indeed perpetrated by terrorists.
According to media reports, 13 people, including nine Chinese nationals working on a dam project in Kohistan in the northwest of Pakistan, were killed when their bus was hit by an explosion.
Earlier this week, another Chinese national was shot and wounded in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city.
According to news reports, two men wearing face masks and riding a motorcycle carried out the shooting.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Pakistan.
“The request from the Chinese Military Attaché in Namibia follows the attacks in Pakistan,” Ndeitunga said.
The Inspector-General said that the Chinese Embassy in Namibia issued a separate warning to that country’s nationals residing in Namibia to be vigilant and to report any strange activity to the Namibian Police to be investigated.
“They wrote to us because these days we all live in a global village and what happens in one part of the world might spill over to other parts of the world,” Ndeitunga said.
Ndeitunga stated that the safety of every person residing in Namibia is the concern of the Namibian Police and the warning issued by the Chinese Embassy means that security measures, in general, will be sharpened to protect everyone living within the country’s borders.
“An enemy will never make a formal appointment when they want to attack. All residents of Namibia will have to sharpen their vigilance, but I have to make it very clear that there is no imminent threat in the country,” he said.
He said Namibia is a friend to all and an enemy to none, but reiterated that vigilance from the security cluster will be heightened to protect all residents.
“The Namibian Police regularly receives such requests from foreign governments if and when their citizens might be in danger from attacks from that country’s enemies,” Ndeitunga concluded.