Terrorist activity could rise as COVID-19 travel restrictions ease; threat to Singapore still high: ISD

13/7/2022 9:02:00 AM

Terrorist activity could rise as COVID-19 travel restrictions ease; threat to Singapore still high: ISD

Terrorist activity could rise as COVID-19 travel restrictions ease; threat to Singapore still high: ISD

SINGAPORE: The easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions globally could lead to an increase in terrorist movement and activities, the Internal Security Department (ISD) said on Wednesday (Jul 13), adding that the terrorist threat to Singapore remains high. “Foreign terrorist fighters may make their way to n

Despite that, ISD said there is currently no specific intelligence of an imminent terrorist attack on Singapore, although it urged people to stay alert to “threats on the horizon”.Related:“ISIS continues to pose a significant security threat globally despite its leadership and territorial losses in the core conflict zone,” ISD said, pointing to how it appointed a new leader about a month after its former figurehead died during a US raid in February.

“Given that travel restrictions around the world are being lifted, this lull is likely to be temporary.”“As travel restrictions ease, online collaboration between extremists could manifest as real-world attacks,” it said.“Globally, the Russian-Ukraine conflict may serve as a rallying point for far-right extremism elements, who have shown an interest in the Russia-Ukraine conflict since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014,” ISD said.

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