Singapore began a counter-terrorist drill on October 29, simulating a rescue operation for hostages held by terrorists on land and an attack on a terrorist ship at sea.

The 10-day exercise, co-organised by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Home Affairs, involves 1,600 employees of Government offices and security agencies.

It aims to examine Singapore’s capacity for responding to terrorism and the state of its wider National Maritime Security System.

The drill will also test the coordination between agencies in countering terrorist-run attacks like the one that hit Mumbai, India in November 2008, which took the lives of 170 people in hospitals, restaurants and luxury hotels.-VNA