In light of the increase acts of terrorism around the world, the Caribbean has been warned to be careful as it could be a target for the terrorists.
Saint Lucia’s Acting Prime Minister Phillip J Pierre has said that terrorism is a global problem and the Caribbean could never be too careful, because it is something that is quickly spreading.
“There are threats throughout the world. It is a global threat and no place is speared,” J Pierre said.
There have also been reports that the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) is recruiting Caribbean nationals.
It was recently confirmed that there are now 89 Trinidad and Tobago nationals—including families—known to that government who have joined ISIS in the last three plus years.
This is the most up to date figure on the situation which was given by the T&T government on Saturday (Nov.14), shortly after the deadly terrorist attacks on Paris.
Trinidad’s government recently started a campaign focused on helping young people in low-income communities to resist the appeal of ISIS and other overseas militant groups.
In neighboring Guyana, Islamic officials are also warning young Muslims to resist temptation to become radicalized. So far, they say, there is no evidence of Guyanese enlisting as foreign fighters with ISIS.
However, there have been constant reports each day that persons from the United States and other parts of the world are joining forces with ISIS. Many shocking stories have been told over the past year.
ISIS has taken full responsibility for the terrorist attacks on bars, restaurants, a concert hall and a stadium in Paris, France on Friday, November 13, which claimed the lives of 129 people.
That country has since mobilised 115,000 police, gendarmes and military over the whole national territory to insure the protection of French people.
Security has also beefed up at the local French Embassy here in St. Lucia.
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks against innocent civilians in Paris, while individual regional leaders have also taken a similar position.
The Kenny Anthony administration of Saint Lucia has said it was a “cowardly act”.