Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Eight now detained in Carnival terror plot

Police officers were out in their numbers overseeing Carnival festivities. Photo via Instagram, The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

Police officers were out in their numbers overseeing Carnival festivities. Photo via Instagram, The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

An eighth person has been detained in connection with an alleged plot to disrupt Carnival.

Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams made the revelation at a media conference, which also included National Security Minister Edmund Dillon and Chief of Defense Staff Hayden Pritchard.

“Just by way of progress, I indicated seven persons would have been detained, I wish to advise that eight persons have been detained today,” the Acting Police Commissioner said.

CNN has reported that US troops played a role in averting a Carnival terror attack in T&T.

He added that contrary to reports, the FBI has not been involved in the interrogation process.

“The FBI is not interrogating anyone in Trinidad and Tobago,” Williams said.

The Acting Police Commissioner also denied that US officials were involved.

He encouraged persons to take part in Carnival celebrations, as he assured that officers will be out in their numbers to ensure the safety of citizens.

Meanwhile, the National Security Minister gave the assurance that all security agencies are well poised to ensure the safety of citizens, residents and visitors for Carnival.

Minister Dillon also noted that the prevention of a criminal threat to disrupt 2018 Carnival activities was a Trinidad and Tobago Police Service led operation.

He said there will be heightened visibility of security personnel throughout the country.

“You will see an increase in both members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Staff in all our cities, in Port of Spain, in San Fernando, in Arima, in Point Fortin, in Rio Claro, in Scarborough. You will see them in their numbers.”

And, Chief of Defense Staff Hayden Pritchard added that the Defence Force is prepared to work shoulder to shoulder to ensure maximum security during Carnival.

“We are well prepared for those scenarios and even for unseen ones,” he said.

On Thursday, mere hours after the Police Service’s announcement of a plot to disrupt 2018 Carnival activities, the US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago issued a security alert.

US government personnel were advised to exercise additional caution and increase situational awareness if they participate in Carnival events, out of an abundance of caution.

The United Kingdom's Foreign Office also issued an advisory.

It cautioned that an attack is still possible.

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