Don’t think for a minute that the bombing attack at the Manchester Arena, England, cannot happen in Trinidad and Tobago.
That’s the warning sent by Opposition MP, Dr Roodal Moonilal, in Parliament on Friday.
Moonilal said the the terrorist attack in Manchester last Monday can happen in Trinidad and there is need for an anti-terrorist operational unit.
In that attack, a suicide bomber killed 22 persons and injured 64 after a concert staged by American Ariana grande.
Moonilal raised concerns over the threat of terrorism to Trinidad and Tobago in his contribution to a private motion by Naparima MP Rodney Charles on the rising crime epidemic.
He added, “As part of the architecture of the Ministry of National Security the time has come to establish a permanent well-staffed, well-equipped anti-terrorism unit that is operational and not strategic and not policy-oriented but operational.”
He said when the Partnership demitted office it warned the Government that “we have had persons leaving and going to foreign lands to be radicalised” and it posed the single most critical element of a threat to this country.
“Do not believe that what happened at the Manchester Arena can only happen in Manchester and cannot happen in Trinidad.”
Moonilal who was the Minister of Housing, was a member of the National Security Council for five years.
DR ROODAL MOONILAL