Maritime terrorism a threat, say experts amid rising piracy attacks

Same security loopholes could be exploited by terrorists, they warn

Container ships in the Singapore Strait in July. A string of attempts last week brought the total number of recorded piracy incidents this year to 30.
Container ships in the Singapore Strait in July. A string of attempts last week brought the total number of recorded piracy incidents this year to 30.PHOTO: ST FILE
Associate Professor Bilveer Singh (left) and Jurong GRC MP Ang Wei Neng.
Associate Professor Bilveer Singh (left) and Jurong GRC MP Ang Wei Neng.PHOTOS: LIANHE ZAOBAO, ST FILE

The increase in piracy attempts in the Singapore Strait is a cause for concern as terrorists could exploit the same loopholes to wreak havoc, say security experts.

Government officials have also called for greater collaboration with regional neighbours to address the threat.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 30, 2019, with the headline 'Maritime terrorism a threat, say experts amid rising piracy attacks'. Subscribe