As terror group ISIS loses ground in the Middle East, the threat of a terror attack in the region this festive season is greater than last year, Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said yesterday.
The danger comes from three fronts, he told the Foreign Correspondents Association of Singapore: Returned fighters from Iraq and Syria, released detainees who hold on to hardline views and those radicalised online by ISIS propaganda.
Singapore has stepped up efforts to train the public to respond to an attack, and set up Emergency Response Teams to react swiftly. Some of these troops are put on motorcycles to beat the traffic and get to where they need to be quickly, he said. It is also crucial for society to stay united after an attack, he added.