Threat to Carnival Activities Twarted. Defence force placed on high alert
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Threat to Carnival Activities Twarted. Defence force placed on high alert

TTPS vehicles. TTPS vehicles.

SINT MAARTEN/TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – Security forces have been carrying out searches after the U.S. Southern Command provided intelligence information to Trinidad & Tobago intelligence services within law enforcement regarding a potential attack on Carnival festivities that would kick-off next week.  Law enforcement believe they have thwarted a terrorist attack that was imminent. 

Carnival attracts tourists and citizens to a number of activities.  Intensive security measures are being put in place at Trinidad’s International Airport Piarco.  Several thousand visitors are expected over the weekend on the island as Carnival activities kick-off.

A number of persons have been detained for questioning while searches have been carried out. 

Trinidad & Tobago Police Service’s (TTPS) disclosed the aforementioned.  Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force members have been placed on high alert and will be dispatched to work with TTPS. 

Approximately 125 Trinidadians have joined the terrorist group ISIS and have fought for the group in Syria/Iraq over the years.

The United Kingdom has issued a foreign travel advice to its nationals which reads as follows: “Summary and Terrorism section – updated information and advice on the threat from terrorism in Trinidad and Tobago, reflecting an increased threat; terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Trinidad and Tobago; the Trinidad and Tobago authorities have arrested some individuals who planned to carry out attacks against Carnival on 12 and 13 February 2018; an attack is still possible; the Trinidad and Tobago government is increasing security measures for the Carnival; you should remain vigilant and avoid crowded places and large gatherings

“Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Trinidad and Tobago. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in crowded spaces and places visited by foreigners.

“The Trinidad and Tobago authorities have arrested some individuals who planned to carry out attacks against Carnival on 12 and 13 February 2018. An attack is still possible. The Trinidad and Tobago government is increasing security measures for the Carnival. You should remain vigilant and avoid crowded places and large gatherings.

“Over 30,000 British nationals visit Trinidad and Tobago every year. Most visits are trouble-free.”

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PHOTO CUTLINE: Personnel from the Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force.

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