Following the coordinated terrorist mass murder across Paris’s city which saw at least 129 dead and more than 350 injured from bombings and machine guns fire, Singapore have began a slew of new counter-terrorism measures to better prepare the country from similar attacks.
Being the only US ally who did not suffer a single terrorist attack since September 11, Singapore’s law enforcement agencies are more wary and on high alert after the Paris massacre broke out. Singapore Airline (SIA), informed passengers that there will be flight delays as the Immigration Checkpoint Authority (ICA) officers increase security scrutiny on baggage and travellers.
Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam released a statement saying the police have raised the alert level and stepped up on security measures and border checks.
No Singaporean was reported injured or killed in the terror act, even though there are currently some air force personnel in France.
Terror group Daesh have laid claims to the coordinated terrorist attacks against unarmed civilians in Paris, between 9pm to 10pm local time across six locations in the city central. In the concert theatre Bataclan, it was reported that 80 hostages held captive were killed one by one before the French police stormed through the front door.
Masked men in AK47 machine guns were reported to shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ – God is great in Arabic – before opening fire. At the end of the onslaught, 8 terrorists were killed. According to Greek government officials, one of them is a Syrian refugee and the other a French national while the rest are unidentified. Police worldwide are working underway to identify the attackers and their accomplices, which is believed to be many more to have orchestrated the killings in an orderly fashion.
The French President Francois Hollande have announced the closure of the borders and specifically referred the terrorists groups as Daesh, which is the English term for the Arabic acronym DAIISH for Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (Broader Middle East including Syria). France have vowed revenge with President Hollande announcing that France will be “ruthless” in its response to ISIS. The French President narrowly escaped the bombing when he was watching a soccer match at the stadium where 3 explosions took place just outside.