Singapore Bolsters Security Because of Terrorist Threat to Shipping Lanes
The government has increased security at land checkpoints, on the sea and at high-risk targets such as two new casino resorts, Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng told Parliament.
Wong did not say which terrorist group was planning the reported attack.
"We received intelligence from our liaison partners about this possible plot to go and attack vessels coming through Singapore waters through the Malacca Strait," Wong said. "The threat is real and we are not immune to it."
Singapore's navy warned Thursday that a terrorist group was planning attacks on oil tankers and other vessels in the Malacca Strait, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.
Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia said Thursday they have stepped up maritime and air patrols in the waterway, through which 15 million barrels of oil a day passed in 2006, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency.