The shootings in Copenhagen today (Feb 15) show that even when a city is put on high terror alert, it is very difficult to stop all attacks because of lone-wolf actors, said Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean as he urged individuals to stay vigilant.
Although many cities, including Singapore, have raised their alert levels because of an increased threat from terror attacks, it is not easy to prevent attacks that are carried out by individuals.
“So what’s important is for individuals to also be alert, to know and to think ahead (about) what they would do if they were caught in such a situation,” said Mr Teo, who is also the Minister for Home Affairs. “They can save lives, save your own life and also how does the society as a whole react in the event of such an attack.”
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of a community event in his Pasir Ris constituency today, Mr Teo noted that terrorists seek to achieve two things when they carry out attacks: To disrupt daily lives by striking terror in people, as well as to split communities.
“So if we stay together as a community and carry on with our daily lives taking all the precautions, then we will be able to overcome these threats and not allow terrorists to achieve their objectives.”