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Terror attacks feared on oil tankers in Malacca Strait

Singapore: An unidentified terrorist group may be planning attacks against oil tankers in the Malacca Strait, the Singapore Navy and Singapore Shipping Association warned today, reports AFP.

The SSA said it had received an advisory from the Singapore Navy Information Fusion Centre about "an indication that a terrorist group is planning attacks on oil tankers in the Malacca Strait." It added "this does not preclude possible attacks on other large vessels with dangerous cargo."

"The terrorists' intent is probably to achieve widespread publicity and showcase that it remains a viable group," the navy said in its advisory.
It recommended that ships should "strengthen their onboard security measures and to adopt community reporting to increase awareness and strengthen the safety of all seafarers."  [04/03/10]

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