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After what was witnessed
in France last Friday, those in
T&T who experienced the
1990 failed coup attempt
"must know that we are not
just vulnerable but we are
more vulnerable now than in
1990," Prime Minister Keith
Rowley warned yesterday.
"We have to be vigilant in
every single area. We have to
be always vigilant and cognisant
that we are exposed as every-
body else in the world to this
particular threat," Rowley said.
He assured that the question
of returning T&T-born foreign
terrorist fighters (FTFs) was
Rowley, at yesterday s launch
of a committee to examine the
local health system, was
responding to questions on
T&T s position following last
Friday s seven terrorist attacks
in Paris. The launch was held
at the Office of the Prime Min-
ister, St Clair.
Some 129 people were killed,
352 injured (99 seriously), lead-
ing to high level global caucuses
on the matter and a flurry of
activity among global security
A manhunt is on for Salah
Abdelsalam believed to be the
eighth person involved with the
seven Paris assassins in the
After the Islamic State (ISIS)
claimed responsibility, France
bombed Isis locations in Syria
and massive sweeps are under-
way in France, Belgium, Greece
and other states where the
attack is believed to have been
Several US states have
announced they would not be
taking in Syrian refugees,
though the Obama administra-
tion is committed to doing this.
Yesterday, a new video surfaced
in which Isis insurgents warned
of striking the US.
Clarifying last Sunday s
reported quotes (not the T&T
Guardian s) from National
Security Minister Edmund Dil-
lon that " Isis wasn t a threat
to TT," Rowley said:
"There are a couple state-
ments attributed to Mr Dillon.
One of the perils we face (as
politicians) is we are subjected
to interpretation and angles.
It s one of those situations.
"I don t know that he was
saying Isis is not a threat. This
thing called Isis is a global
threat and if anyone under-
stands that, it s the National
"If you look at the story in
one of the other newspapers,
it s quite clear and different to
the headline story that Isis is
not a threat. "
Rowley continued: "We in
T&T would know this modern
development can, even by us,
be viewed as an evolution of
"T&T was impacted upon by
a sect in T&T, which in some
way had a Middle Eastern influ-
ence so we cannot at any time
take any position that we are
immune to developments out
"Then comes the 21st cen-
tury and there is this idea of
this group in the Middle East
which we call Isis, whose
modus operandi is, as what we
have seen in France.
"And we who experienced
1990 must know that we are
not only just vulnerable but we
are more vulnerable now than
"In 1990, those persons who
took up arms against the State
didn t have social media and I
daresay, were not as barbarous
as those today who can train
anywhere in the world... as
unknown persons anywhere...
and put one person to upset a
nation. So what we should be
focusing on is our readiness to
respond to the threat that we
The PM said T&T s National
Security Council met fairly reg-
ularly and there were security
arrangements and contingencies
Saying the question of T&T s
FTF returnees will certainly be
examined by Government, he
added: "It s not just a question
that people can t come back
home even people who we
know now we don t want to
enter our borders are entering.
"So we just have to be vig-
ilant in every single area, in
particular in co-operating with
the rest of the world and per-
sons who may be engaged in
Rowley acknowledged there
could also be "persons who
may never leave here but who
may share the views and who
may be encouraged to take
action against us.
"So this is a very unusual
development in history and
T&T simply has to do the best
that we can at the national and
international levels in respond-
ing to this global phenomenon."
On whether T&T is involved
in international "sweeps" for
planners of the Paris attack,
Rowley said not specifically in
the last day or so "but T&T is
engaging a number of regional
and international initiatives
geared to respond to situa-
He noted T&T was head of
Caricom s regional security
committee and was on good
terms with international neigh-
bours who were directly
involved in different types of
He added: "What we have
to do is stay engaged and we re
doing that. I know the popu-
lation would like to know a lot
about what we are doing but
sometimes things are better
done in a particular way.
"But rest assured, there is a
National Security Council in
T&T and those persons in T&T
whose duty is to respond are
responding and responding as
part of an international
arrangement." See Page A7
TT now more at risk
than in 1990---PM KEVON FELMINE
Fearing the worst after finding his
son-in-law hanging behind his home,
it was a bitter sweet moment for Pur-
nanand Bhim when he opened his
daughter s car and found his three-
year-old granddaughter clutching her
mother s bloodied body yesterday
Despite being stabbed on her neck,
face, hands and chest, little Arti
Ramkhalawan stared at her grandfather,
not crying or even moving from her
mother, Aarika Bhim s lap.
According to police, Arti s father,
Premnath Ramkhalawan, stabbed her
mother to death in the back of her
green Nissan Sunny B13 on Sunday
night and drove the car to a track
approximately 100 metres from their
home at Laltoo Trace, Penal.
He then ran to a shed at the back
of the house and used a rope and buck-
et to hang himself.
Police believe Arti was on top of her
mother when Ramkhalawan attacked.
She was taken to the Siparia District
Health Facility where she was treated
and later transferred to the San Fer-
nando General Hospital where she
remained warded yesterday.
South Western Division police,
including Insp Anderson Pariman, Insp
Peter Ramdeen, Sgt Irwin Joachim, Sgt
Ryan Ramsingh and investigator PC
Riad Hosein, processed the scene and
found the murder weapon on Ramkha-
lawan. Investigators said hair and blood
were found on the knife.
Aarika, 26, was a manager at Doors
and Windows Factory Ltd while
Ramkhalawan, 25, was a labourer at
the company s branch at Wilson Road,
Bhim said yesterday when he went
to feed his cattle around 6 am yesterday,
he found Ramkhalawan hanging from
a rafter. As he went to call his wife,
Sharda, a neighbour heading to work,
stopped and asked why his daughter s
car was parked in the bush.
He said it was only when he opened
the car door he realised the nightmare
that had unfolded.
"When I walked up there, I saw my
daughter in the back seat lying and my
granddaughter opened her eyes big,
"I called the ambulance, I held her,
I took her out to the ambulance and
then she was gone and that was it. I
called the police. I saw a lot of blood
and nothing else," Bhim said.
All three victims were still wearing
their outfits after attending the wedding
of Ramkhalawan s brother at St Julien s
Village, Princes Town, on Sunday.
Bhim, who underwent a triple
bypass heart surgery three years ago,
said the three left home around 2 pm
and he did not get to see them leave
as he was resting. However, his other
son-in-law, Brandon Lalbeharry, said
he only spoke to Arti right before they
"I said Arti, you not carrying me to
wedding? All she said was, No, " Lal-
beharry said. He said relatives tried to
call the couple around 9 pm and again
at 11 pm but they did not answer so
they assumed that the family would
stay across at the brother s home.
Crashed car, the first clue
Resident Shalindra Ramsaran said
he and his brother Mohindra were in
church in Barrackpore on Sunday
He said around 10 pm, Mohindra
left in his car to take someone to Dig-
ity Trace, Penal, when he saw
Ramkhalawan s car stuck in a drain.
When he got out, Ramkhalawan asked
to be towed.
He said Mohindra saw the woman
and child in the back seat and when
told to take them out the car,
Ramkhalawan replied that they were
He said Mohindra left without
helping as attempting to tow the car
would have damaged the wheel. Other
passing church members helped
Ramkhalawan to remove the car but
after learning of the murder, they
believe the woman was already dead
when they saw the car. Mohindra,
who was at the scene yesterday, was
interviewed by police.
No big relationship problems
Relatives were in shock as they said
the couple were not known to have
problems in their five-year relationship
that would have led to the tragedy.
Bhim said the couple were planning
to build their own house next to his
and would have got married next year.
One of Aarika s aunt said Ramkha-
lawan seemed to be a nice person
who took good care of his daughter.
She said Ramkhalawan had asked
her to attend the wedding with them
but she told him that she had to work.
She now believes that had she gone,
she would have been able to quell any
arguments they might have had.
She added Aarika was married
before but her husband died.
Murder-suicide in Penal
Three-year-old survives attack
Prime Minister Keith Rowley
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