SAF's Special Operations Task Force storms Rochor Centre in anti-terror exercise

The anti-terror exercise took place in the vacated Rochor Centre.
The anti-terror exercise took place in the vacated Rochor Centre.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK/NG ENG HEN

SINGAPORE - Rochor Centre was the site of a "terrorist" attack on Monday (July 17) morning, and the action was all captured on video.

The 1min-long video, posted by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on his Facebook page on Monday night, shows a simulated shooting attack by "terrorists" in the main open square of Rochor Centre.

The Special Operation Task Force, Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF) first responders in counter-terrorism and other contingency operations, is shown storming the centre to neutralise the threat.

Armed with guns, the officers are shown subduing the terrorists.

Dr Ng said that the operation was "an exercise, but one that the SAF takes seriously, to prepare for real life".

He wrote: "We use every opportunity to train realistically, and the vacated Rochor Centre, before it's torn down, is one precious example."

The vacant Housing Board blocks at Rochor Centre are being used for SAF's military training exercises until July 21, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday (July 14).

 

Residents and stakeholders in the immediate vicinity were informed of the exercises and advised to stay clear of the area.

Residents and business operators at Rochor Centre were given until the end of last year to move out, after it was slated for demolition to make way for a segment of the North-South Corridor, due to be completed in 2026.


Correction note: An earlier version of the story said the blocks will be demolished to make way for part of the North-South Expressway, and is scheduled to be completed in 2020. It is actually for the southern stretch of the North-South Corridor, which is scheduled to be completed in 2026.  We are sorry for the error. This story has also been edited to clarify that the Special Operation Task Force, Singapore Armed Forces’ first responders in counter-terrorism and other contingency operations, stormed the centre to neutralise the threat in the exercise.