Extra troops deployed to Malaysia border

The Tanjungpura Military Area Command in East Kalimantan has deployed 650 personnel from the 611/Awanglong Infantry Battalion to the Malaysia border for special security duties, Media Indonesia reported.

The 650 personnel departed from Samarinda on August 12 aboard KM Tidar and were scheduled to stop at Tarakan before arriving at Nunakan.

Maj. Achmad Amin said the troops would be tasked to protect areas near the disputed Unarang Reef in the Ambalat Block as well as general security in response to terrorism developments.

Nunukan regency in East Kalimantan is a major transit area for members of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist network, JI