P. S. Suryanarayana

SINGAPORE: Singapore will conduct a simulated anti-terror exercise, “based on a terrorist scenario similar to that of the [recent] Mumbai attacks.”

Announcing this, Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng on Tuesday said: “Police will be conducting the exercise, in collaboration with multiple government agencies and private organisations, to test and improve the collective response – of not just the government but also the community – to such incidents.” Speaking at the opening of ‘Global Security Asia (GSA) Conference and Exhibition 2009,” Mr. Wong said the Madrid bombing scenario of 2003 and the London terror attacks of 2005 served as the basis of a large-scale exercise, already held in the City-State, to meet “simulated terrorist attacks on our land transport systems.”

In the recent terrorist attack in Mumbai, Singapore lost one of its nationals; and the authorities here, mourning their first-ever terror victim, pledged to draw lessons. The issue later figured in the India-Singapore strategic dialogue; and New Delhi is understood to have emphasised the international ramifications of the attack that “transcended” any external view of India’s ties with Pakistan. The United States Department of Homeland Security is among the participants at the conference.