Imagine the United Kingdom, which has had at least four terrorist attacks for 2017, is warning its citizens to be wary of terrorist attacks in Trinidad and Tobago.
Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its travel advisory on Trinidad and Tobago last Friday, saying “Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Trinidad & Tobago.”
For those who cannot remember, there were terrorist attacks in the UK for 2017, including the Manchester Arena, London Bridge, Houses of Parliament, and the Finbury Park Mosque, where people were killed and many others injured.
The UK government’s updated verbatim advice reads: “Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Trinidad & Tobago. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. Although there have been no recent attacks in Trinidad and Tobago, more than 100 Trinidad and Tobago nationals have traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight along with Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) and are likely to pose a security threat on return.
“There’s also a threat from individuals who may have been inspired by terrorist groups, including Daesh and al Qaeda, to carry out so-called ‘lone actor’ attacks targeting public events or places. On January 30, 2017, the Ministry of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago confirmed that it works closely with international partners – especially the United States, Britain and Canada – in strategic areas such as intelligence and information sharing on people who are found to be associated with any terrorist group, whether locally or internationally.
“There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time. Find out more about the global threat from terrorism, how to minimise your risk and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.”
The August 11 update replaced what was in effect from March 1 to August 10, under the same ‘terrorism’ heading, which was: “There is a general threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time. Find out more about the global threat from terrorism, how to minimise your risk and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.”
The British also updated its section on Tobago. The March 1 advice on Tobago was: “Incidents of violent crime in Tobago are rare, but two German tourists were murdered in November 2014, on Minister’s Bay in the Bacolet area. A British national was murdered in the Riseland area of Tobago in October 2015.” On August 11, it was updated to say only: “Incidents of violent crime in Tobago are rare.”
THE 2017 ATTACKS
2017: 19 June
A group of Muslim worshippers were hit when a van mounted the pavement and drove into them in Finsbury Park. The attack happened during the holy month of Ramadan after 00:00 BST, when many people were in the area attending evening prayers. One man, who had fallen ill before the attack, died and nine other people were treated in hospital. A 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.
2017: 3 June
An attack in London left seven people dead and 48 injured. A white van hit pedestrians on London Bridge before three men got out of the vehicle and began stabbing people in nearby Borough Market. The suspects were shot dead by police minutes later.
2017: 22 May
An attack in Manchester left 22 people dead and 59 injured after a male suicide bomber targeted children and young adults at the end of a concert at the Manchester Arena by US singer Ariana Grande. The bomber, Salman Ramadan Abedi, 22, was born in Manchester to Libyan parents.
2017: 22 March
Six people, including the attacker, died and 50 people were injured in a terror attack near the Houses of Parliament. Khalid Masood mounted the pavement in a hired car and drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. He then ran towards Parliament and stabbed a police officer to death before being shot dead by officers.