In the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris that left almost 150 people dead, Barbados’ security systems are on high alert.
That assurance has come from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart who yesterday revealed that the island’s security forces were “working around the clock” to ensure the country remains safe.
“We in the Caribbean are not exempt from exposure to these perils and therefore both at the regional and local level we have been trying to put security mechanisms in place that will keep down to the barest minimum our exposure to a security risk.
“It would be the most conspicuous embodiment of unwisdom were I to sit here today and tell you all of the security precautions which we have taken with the view to ensuring that we keep our risk levels down, but I can assure you that we have been working around the clock on these issues and we have been making sure that we lubricate the machinery for the receipt of reliable intelligence on matters relating to our national security,” the Prime Minister insisted.
While acknowledging that no such attacks had been carried out within Barbados, Stuart said there was evidence to suggest terrorists had tried to gain entry into the region.
“Let’s not get too carried away. In the northern Caribbean there is some evidence of hostile strangers trying to penetrate this region using fake Greek passports and in one of our jurisdictions we have had 89 people who have left that jurisdiction to go and work with ISIS,” Stuart acknowledged during a press briefing at Government headquarters, Bay Street.
“So we are not here pretending that we are exempt from exposure to these risks, but armed with the intelligence which we have, we have been taking all of the precautions possible to ensure that we keep down to the barest minimum our level of exposure.” (RB)