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Tuesday, 14 June 2016 17:10

Dillon: Orlando attack has security lessons for T&T and world

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The Minister of National Security, Retired Major General, Edmund Dillon, says the mass shooting in the United States this past weekend has an effect on security measures locally, regionally and internationally. 

The Minister was speaking on Tuesday at the National Security in the Caribbean Conference organised by the University of the Southern Caribbean and the Ministry. 

He said the incident in which Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 people and injured 53 others in the early hours of Sunday morning will influence national security matters in this country, the region and around the world.

"When we looked at some 49 persons have been killed and some 53 persons injured in that recent and most heinous attack, we have to understand that we too can be affected. We must condemn such heinous acts against ordinary citizens. Whether classified as a crime of hate or terrorism, it has posed serious threat to not only the United States, but for us in the Caribbean as well."

In his address, the Minister said security personnel must use certain methods to fight this type of illegal activity.

"The first being it is almost impossible to keep an eye on everyone who may become radicalised and who are intent on terrorising our societies and secondly, there is need for our security forces to maintain close relationships with the communities in which they interact so they can gather the necessary trust and confidence and indeed intelligence to as far as possible foil or reduce the damages caused by such attacks."

Speaking with the media after the opening session, Minister Dillon described the method used by the gunman.

"The question of the lone wolf attack is always one that is on the security landscape. It has happened not only with the United States, we have seen it throughout the world and therefore it is always concern as to how can we treat with that and again, it is based on intelligence gathering."

Over the two day period, the Regional Security Conference will discuss issues related to trafficking of drugs, arms, ammunition and persons as well as terrorism, money laundering and cyber-crime.

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