25 Nov '11, 9pm

A tanker 'hijacked'

SINGAPORE - Co-ordination among 18 agencies in Singapore was put to the test yesterday at the finale of an ongoing counter-terrorism exercise, Northstar VIII. The exercise at Jurong Island involved some 1,200 people from the public and private sectors. The drill also put Singapore's maritime security plans through its paces in a mock terrorist attack. The scenario involved security forces storming a tanker hijacked by terrorists plotting to use it as a "floating bomb". On land, another scenario involved vehicle bombs detonated by terrorists. More than 700 personnel from the Singapore Armed Forces, police and Singapore Civil Defence Force, among others, were involved in the exercise, which started on Nov 10. Agencies had to monitor and respond to a mock terror attack at sea via the National Maritime Sense-making Centre. About 500 staff from companies located in Jurong Islan...

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