'Greater' threat of terror attack

A lone “gunman” being subdued by police officers at Esplanade Park in a terror attack simulation in Singapore, on Nov 18, 2015.
A lone “gunman” being subdued by police officers at Esplanade Park in a terror attack simulation in Singapore, on Nov 18, 2015. PHOTO: ST FILE

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.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 03, 2016, with the headline ''Greater' threat of terror attack'. Print Edition | Subscribe