25 Nov '11, 10pm

18 agencies join forces to stop 'terror attack' - Straits Times Singapore

18 agencies join forces to stop 'terror attack' - Straits Times Singapore

Special Operations Task Force troops boarding a ship called 'Avatar' from a Super Puma helicopter and a rigid hull inflatable boat as part of Exercise Northstar VIII's counter-terrorism drills yesterday. -- ST PHOTO: SAMUEL HE By Jermyn Chow, Defence Correspondent Around 1,200 personnel from 18 government agencies on Friday took part in the nation's largest emergency drill. The exercise, codenamed Northstar VIII, put them through multiple mock attacks on Singapore, including bomb blasts and a chemical spill. Out at sea, the army's special forces troopers and Police Coast Guard officers stormed a 'hijacked' tanker and stopped 'terrorists' from ramming the explosives-laden vessel into Jurong Island, the Republic's petrochemical hub. They were acting on information provided by Singapore's first multi-agency maritime security watch group, the National Maritime Security System ...

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