Universal Studios Singapore Stages Simulated Terror Attack

Channel News Asia reports:

Singapore authorities simulated a terror attack on Tuesday evening to test the emergency preparedness of the Home Team and the security teams from Resorts World Sentosa, one of the Singapore’s newest tourist attractions.

It was the first time that one of the two Integrated Resorts was participating in such a large-scale exercise.

It started with a suspicious package in an auditorium that no one noticed. Soon smoke filled the room and guests were evacuated.

Not long after, a second parcel exploded outside the theater and three gunmen stormed into the Universal Studios theme park, opening fire, and leaving scores injured and dead.

Security agencies were alerted and deployed to the scene.

The simulated exercise involved some 400 Resorts World staff and officers from the various Home Team agencies, including the Special Operations command team which later subdued the gunmen.

Witnessing the event was Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Lim Swee Say, who said the exercise serves as a reminder of Singapore’s ongoing battle against terrorism, which can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere.

He said: “You saw a terrorist attack, you knew that it was not real, I knew that it was not real, and that’s why all of us were still smiling. But imagine – what if what we saw just now was not a simulation but a real event? In Singapore, we are fighting a war, fighting a battle against global terrorism.”…

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