Second day of police anti-terror exercise: Terrorist attack and car explosion at IMM

Special Operations Command (SOC) officers pin down a role player on the second day of Exercise Heartbeat, an annual anti-terror exercise by the Singapore Police Force at the IMM Building. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
Special Operations Command (SOC) officers pin down a role player on the second day of Exercise Heartbeat, an annual anti-terror exercise by the Singapore Police Force at the IMM Building. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
Special Operations Command (SOC) officers demonstate thier tactical movement on the second day of Exercise Heartbeat, an annual anti-terror exercise by the Singapore Police Force at the IMM Building. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
Singapore Civil Defence Force personnel bandage "casualties" on the second day of Exercise Heartbeat, an annual anti-terror exercise by the Singapore Police Force at the IMM Building. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
Officers extinguish the flames on the burning car on the second day of Exercise Heartbeat, an annual anti-terror exercise by the Singapore Police Force at the IMM Building. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
A car explodes as part of a simulated terrorist attack on the second day of Exercise Heartbeat, an annual anti-terror exercise by the Singapore Police Force at the IMM Building. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

SINGAPORE - The IMM Building in Jurong East was swarmed by "terrorists" firing gunshots on Monday afternoon, until police officers from the Anti-Swarming team took them down. Outside the mall at the main entrance, a car exploded.

The mayhem was the second part of an annual exercise by the Singapore Police Force. Codenamed Exercise Heartbeat, this is the sixth time the anti-terror exercise has been held.

Led by the police, it involved members of the Safety & Security Watch Group and the Home Team agencies. Over 200 staff members from IMM also took part on Monday afternoon.

On Sunday, the first day of Exercise Heartbeat, there was a "terrorist attack" at the Marina Bay Link Mall and explosions at the nearby Downtown MRT station. Another staged attack involving a terror swarm was held at Dhoby Ghaut MRT.

Commander of Clementi Police Division, Assistant Commissioner of Police Gerald Lim said: "The threat of a terrorist attack remains real. Security cannot be taken for granted...This is the first time an exercise of such a magnitude has been held in Gateway Cluster and we hope to work with more stakeholders on similar joint exercises in future."

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