SINGAPORE has sounded an alert that terrorists are feared to be planning an attack on tankers plying the Malacca Strait.
Industry sources confirmed to Fairplay that Singapore’s navy put circulated the alert to members of the Singapore Shipping Association. It specified no particular group of terrorists.
The Malacca Strait, once a major pirate target, has been relatively calm since joint efforts by Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore intensified patrols and creating a network for sharing information.
Experts on terrorism – such as Rohan Gunaratna, in earlier comments to Fairplay – have discounted links between pirates and terrorists.
Shipping’s reluctance to publicise the threat stems from concerns over increases in insurance premiums applied at the height of Malacca piracy, the sources told Fairplay. But a large number of tankers transit the narrow strait waters, presenting an inviting target. SINGAPORE has sounded an alert that terrorists are feared to be planning an attack on tankers plying the Malacca Strait.