08 July 2005 03:08 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (CNI)--Singapore has taken “necessary steps” to tighten security following yesterday’s London bomb blasts, a Home Affairs Ministry statement said.
The statement added that security checkpoints had been stepped up, with more police patrols throughout the country.
It was not immediately clear whether security has been stepped up at the Jurong Island petrochemical complex.
Patrols have been increased around Raffles City Convention Centre, where this week’s International Olympic Committee meeting took place which led to London being selected to host the 2012 Olympics.
Security has also been stepped up at underground and light railway stations, with transport staff told to be more alert for suspicious individuals or items.
Most of the Asian bourses were closed when the attacks occurred.
The Bombay’s Sensex Index was open and fell by 142 points to 7145.13 by the close of trading, in response to a decline in London’s FTSE 100.
Reliance Industries’ shares fell by 4.8%, Oil and Natural Gas Corp’s equity by 4.65% and Hindustan Lever’s shares slipped by 2.8%. Reliance’s shares had been rising in the previous few weeks following the resolution of the Ambani brothers’ ownership dispute.
The four bomb blasts, which occurred during London’s rush hour, left at least 37 people dead and 700 injured. At least 45 people have been either critically or seriously injured.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the attacks bore all the hallmarks of the al-Qaeda network.
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