Singapore: ‘Bomb’ goes off in simulated terror attack at Tampines West station


A bomb was detonated, rapid gunfire was exchanged and acrid smoke filled the air at Tampines West MRT station on Sunday (Jan 27).

It was all part of a simulated terror attack at the Downtown Line station, involving two gunmen and a suicide bomber.

Called Exercise Quicksand, it is a public transport contingency exercise conducted by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and supported by the Singapore Civil Defence Force, Land Transport Authority and SBS Transit. About 120 role players and observers from the agencies took part in the exercise.

The exercise began at around 1pm on Sunday when the two gunmen, who were carrying bulky backpacks, entered the MRT station.

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Source: The Straits Times