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Cyprus security measures in place (Updated)

Police chief Zaharias Chrysostomou

AUTHORITIES in Cyprus are taking all necessary measures to prevent terrorist attacks on the island, the chief of police said on Monday, as reports claimed foreign services had sought information about several refugees who have arrived on the island recently.
Zaharias Chrysostomou said required measures were being put in place to minimise the possibility of a terrorist hit in Cyprus in the wake of the attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people and injured 352.
Asked about reports that foreign services had sought information about five people who had arrived recently on the island as refugees, the chief said they were doing what had to be done.
“We are in continuous contact with foreign services and all that needs to be done is being done to ensure the safety of the public on our island,” Chrysostomou said. “We are vigilant.”
It is understood that the five in question were part of 114 people that landed at the British military base of Akrotiri late in October.
Asked to confirm if this was the case, a bases spokesman said “we do not comment on security matters but we can confirm that we have always worked closely with the Republic of Cyprus officials on matters of mutual security interest and this approach continues.”
He added “over half” of the 114 people had applied for asylum but could not give a concrete number as figures are subject to change.

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