Po­lice shoot man out­side Asia se­cu­rity sum­mit

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An Asia- Pa­cific se­cu­rity sum­mit was briefly put on lock­down Sun­day af­ter po­lice shot dead a lo­cal mo­torist who tried to flee a check­point in a car later found to con­tain drugs, of­fi­cials said.

The three- day Shangri- La Dia­logue at­tended by U. S. De­fense Sec­re­tary Ash­ton Carter and coun­ter­parts from around the world along with top mil­i­tary of­fi­cials ended at mid­day Sun­day.

But be­fore dawn, po­lice opened fire at a car with three Sin­ga­porean men af­ter they tried to crash through a bar­ri­cade out­side the an­nual sum­mit’s venue, the Shangri- La Ho­tel.

The 34- year- old driver was killed and one pas­sen­ger was wounded and hos­pi­tal­ized. Both pas­sen­gers are now un­der ar­rest.

“Sub­stances be­lieved to be con­trolled drugs and an item be­lieved to be a drug- tak­ing uten­sil were found on the men ar­rested,” the po­lice said in a state­ment.

“The driver and one of the pas­sen­gers are wanted by au­thor­i­ties for var­i­ous of­fenses,” the state­ment said, adding that no weapons or ex­plo­sives were found in the ve­hi­cle.

Shoot­ings are ex­tremely rare in Sin­ga­pore, which boasts one of the world’s low­est crime rates, but the city- state con­sid­ers it­self a po­ten­tial ter­ror­ist tar­get.

The city- state’s drug laws are among the tough­est in the world, with courts al­lowed to im­pose the death penalty for peo­ple con­victed of traf­fick­ing large amounts of cer­tain drugs like heroin.

“Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­di­cate that this is an iso­lated in­ci­dent. Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing,” the state­ment added.

Af­ter the shoot­ing, po­lice

of­fi­cers ini­tially told peo­ple at­tend­ing the sum­mit that the ho­tel was on com­plete lock­down, with no en­try al­lowed. Roads and pathways lead­ing up to the ho­tel, lo­cated in Sin­ga­pore’s leafy diplo­matic quar­ter, were shut off with bar­ri­cade tape.

But ac­cess to the venue was grad­u­ally eased on Sun­day morn­ing. The con­fer­ence re­sumed at 9: 00 a. m. ( 0100 GMT) with no signs of alarm in the main lobby.

An AFP pho­tog­ra­pher said a bul­let hole could be seen on the front wind- screen of the ve­hi­cle as it was towed away at noon.

A res­i­dent at a nearby con­do­minium told the Straits Times news­pa­per that she heard two gun­shots just af­ter 4: 00 a. m. lo­cal time.

Se­cu­rity had been height­ened for the sum­mit with road­blocks and check­points set up in the vicin­ity of the venue.

Some were manned by mem­bers of the Gurkha Con­tin­gent — elite Nepalese fighters who are part of the lo­cal po­lice force.

AP

Sin­ga­pore Gurkha po­lice of­fi­cers guard the grounds sur­round­ing the venue of the 14th In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute for Strate­gic Stud­ies Shangri-la Dia­logue, or IISS, Asia Se­cu­rity Sum­mit in Sin­ga­pore, Sun­day, May 31.

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