Singapore Warns of Terrorist Threat to Malacca Strait
By William Tucker
Earlier today the Singapore Shipping Agency stated that terrorists are looking to attack oil tankers and other ships of significant value transiting the Malacca Strait. The warning was issued by the Singapore Navy Fusion Centre when they “received an indication that a terrorist group is planning attacks on oil tankers in the Malacca Straits.” The report goes on to say that, “This does not preclude possible attacks on other large vessels with dangerous cargo.”
Threats to shipping in the Malacca Strait are not new, nor are these threats solely in the domain of terrorism. In the late 90’s piracy was a major concern which generated significant attention from regional powers such as China and Japan. The Malacca Strait is a important transit point for cargo and oil tankers moving Middle Eastern crude to energy hungry powers of the far east. A 2006 study estimated that 15 million barrels of oil transit the strait per day.
Photo: Singapore Navy patrol on the Malacca Strait
Credit: Associated Press
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