CARIBBEAN: Jamaica on high alert for terrorists – Security Minister

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaica on high alert for terrorists – Security Minister
Robert Montague

robert-montague-1-customANTIGUA OBSERVER – National Security Minister Robert Montague says Jamaica is constantly on alert for terrorists at the country’s ports of entry by using a watch list provided by the international criminal police organization (INTERPOL).

“Our immigration officers are on alert. We have the software and backup systems to check passengers before they land, and when they land we’re cued into Interpol,” he said.

Montague gave the assurance in a recent interview with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) where he alluded to the recent suspected case of terrorism at the British Parliament in London, England, on March 22.

Statistics provided by Montague revealed that between last year and February this year, more than 412 travellers were denied entry into the island.

“These are persons whose names are on the watch list. There is intelligence, which suggests that they were not coming for sun and sea alone, but for other things. Some may also have been in transit to go elsewhere,” he said.

The National Security Minister also emphasised the importance of protecting the country’s borders, which he says is being done by the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency and immigration officers, who are doing a “phenomenal job”.

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  1. Here in SLU one should be more worried about getting hit by a drunk driver or getting chopped by a doped up low-life.

    Besides, terrorists are probably afraid of coming to SLU, they're afraid that they'll be robbed like anyone else.

    Besides, they'd be cutting off their nose to spite their face if they do anything here.

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  2. Way to go Jamaica! Keep up the good work and teach the other island how to do it. St. Lucia allows all kinds of crazy people in...

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