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Local Security Bolstered After India Attacks

Security has been reinforced in Cambodia following terrorism attacks in Mumbai left about 120 dead, a senior police official said Friday.

“The national police chief has ordered the strengthening of security for main points,” said Lt. Gen. Sok Phal, deputy national police chief.

Popular tourist hotels and sites, embassies and busy urban centers are seeing increased police patrols and vigilance, he said.

This increased security plan was already in place in Siem Reap, said Siem Reap Police Chief Soart Nady.

“Since the attacks in India, we’ve enforced the security for the sake of tourists,” he said.

About 120 people have been killed and more than 300 injured in shootings, while Indian commandos continued operations to root out the terrorists Friday.

Authorities said at least seven have been killed and several more arrested.

Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed condolences for the attacks Thursday and condemned the terrorists.

Cambodia had its own brush with international terrorism in 2003, when it was discovered that the leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, Hambali, had sojourned in Phnom Penh before he was apprehended in Bangkok.

In November 2000, Phnom Penh suffered a brief attack by a small group of gunmen, the Cambodian Freedom Fighters, which the government labeled terrorists.