Not enough to guard against guns, explosives

The appalling attack in Nice, France, where a truck was transformed into a deadly weapon, holds valuable and chilling lessons for Singapore ("Many foreigners, children among 84 dead in attack by truck in Nice"; last Saturday).

Singaporeans have always taken comfort in the fact that we have strict laws governing firearms and explosives - the scenario of gunmen with automatic weapons or explosive belts is seen as very far-fetched and unlikely to happen here. However, the incident in Nice has shattered all such notions and made us realise that attacks could well occur here if we are not adequately prepared.

Are we prepared to counter a speeding truck hurtling into a group of revellers, if it were to happen here?

It is a very real threat that our Home Team has to study closely and be prepared for.

Seah Yam Meng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 18, 2016, with the headline 'Not enough to guard against guns, explosives'. Print Edition | Subscribe