Should civilians fight back in a terror attack? Experts weigh in

They say SGSecure has scope to include teaching of combat skills, but fighting should be a last resort

Above: Armed with just a credit card machine, Mr Abdul Aziz charged at the gunman. Mr Aziz survived the attack, while the gunman fled and was later caught. Mr Naeem Rashid and his son Talha were killed in the mosque shootings last Friday. Mr Naeem, w
Officers in action during a simulated attack at 313@Somerset as part of Exercise Heartbeat in January. The SGSecure message does not include the element of confrontation. Rather, people are advised to move away from danger, stay out of sight and alert the authorities.ST FILE PHOTO
Above: Armed with just a credit card machine, Mr Abdul Aziz charged at the gunman. Mr Aziz survived the attack, while the gunman fled and was later caught. Mr Naeem Rashid and his son Talha were killed in the mosque shootings last Friday. Mr Naeem, w
Mr Naeem Rashid and his son Talha were killed in the mosque shootings last Friday. Mr Naeem, who was seen lunging at the gunman, was hailed a hero.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Above: Armed with just a credit card machine, Mr Abdul Aziz charged at the gunman. Mr Aziz survived the attack, while the gunman fled and was later caught. Mr Naeem Rashid and his son Talha were killed in the mosque shootings last Friday. Mr Naeem, w
Above: Armed with just a credit card machine, Mr Abdul Aziz charged at the gunman. Mr Aziz survived the attack, while the gunman fled and was later caught.

In the event of a terror attack, Singapore advises civilians on the ground to "Run, Hide, Tell".

But during the Christchurch mass shootings last Friday, a worshipper, instead of running or hiding, chose to fight the attacker. His heroic act reportedly helped to prevent more casualties.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2019, with the headline 'Should civilians fight back in a terror attack? Experts weigh in'. Subscribe