SEOUL, 11th June, 2016 (WAM) — South Korea’s prime minister’s office has tapped an ex-army special forces deputy commander to head its new anti-terrorism center, which began operations earlier this month, South Korea news agency, Yonhap, reported.

The official position has been created after the country’s first comprehensive anti-terrorism bill went into effect as of June. The government said the new security law is critical for safeguarding the country from acts of violence spreading across the globe.

The prime minister’s office said Mun Yeong-gi served in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor, making him a suitable figure to head the new anti-terrorism center. .

Mun also contributed to reorganizing South Korea’s terrorism countermeasure systems since the spread of global terrorism following the September 11 attacks in 2001.

The center will act as the “control tower” to the country and people from terrorists’ threats, the office said, adding it will conduct surveillance on potential threats around the clock and set up contingency plans.