Terrorism by joystick: The growing threat of weaponised drones

A failed assassination attempt against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro last Saturday was mounted with explosive-armed drones, according to news reports. Nine days earlier, and on the other side of the world, terrorists claimed to have sent an armed drone to attack the international airport in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

No one was killed in either case and the circumstances of both remain murky. But a new and dangerous era in non-state-sponsored terrorism clearly has begun and no one is adequately prepared to counter it.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 07, 2018, with the headline 'Terrorism by joystick: The growing threat of weaponised drones'. Print Edition | Subscribe