UNC MPs slam AG’s denial of local ISIS cell

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has come in for flack for trying to deny media reports of Prime Minister Keith Rowley’s admission of an ISIS terror cell operating in T&T.

In Parliament last Friday, according to verbatim notes, UNC MP Bhoe Tewarie had asked Rowley, “Is there anything in Trinidad and Tobago that can be considered an ISIS cell or an ISIS satellite?”

Protests force closure of four health centres

Four health centres have been closed as a result of protest action in Port-of-Spain this morning.

The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) has advised that public that due to current security concerns the following Health Centres will be closed today:

* Upper Laventille

* Success Laventille

* Oxford Street and

* George Street.

The NWRHA says that all persons with clinic appointments for this date will be rescheduled and members of the public can continue to access care, at any other Health Centre under the purview of the NWRHA.

Police maintain presence in East Port-of-Spain following fiery protests

The Police Service is assuring members of the public that they are maintaining a presence in East Port-of-Spain following a disturbance caused by residents.

This morning residents blocked streets and debris following some police shooting in the area.

Residents blocked Observatory, Oxford Piccadilly and Bath streets.

Police property found during raids

A police jacket, bulletproof vest and three guns were among several illegal items seized by Southern Division police over the past few days.

A three-year-old boy and his seven-year-old cousin were also left in the care of their landlord in Princes Town on Thursday evening, after their parents were caught in possession of narcotics and guns.

During the operations coordinated by Snr Supt Mohammed, ASP Ramdeen and Insp Gajadhar, Princes Town CID officers executed a search warrant at an apartment in Lothian Gardens shortly after 5 pm.

Cops keep freed Carnival plot detainees’ property

Out of the 15 people detained in connection with the alleged plot to disrupt the 2018 Carnival festivities, the majority were released mainly due to writs of habeas corpus filed.

But a senior police official said yesterday the case was from from complete or closed.

“Being released due to such a writ doesn’t mean you’re home free,” a senior police official noted.

Officials - as well as attorneys for some detainees - confirmed that laptops, phones and other items were seized by police and kept.

Hunt for ISIS network head

Networks of the ISIS cell in T&T which Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley referred to in Parliament are spread from Aranjuez, Charlieville and Enterprise to Rio Claro among other locations, a national security official has said.

They spoke on Friday night when asked by T&T Guardian to elaborate on Rowley’s earlier confirmation that there is an ISIS cell in T&T.

Rowley made the comment in response to questions from United National Congress MP Bhoe Tewarie about whether there was anything that could be considered an ISIS cell or satellite locally.

Drone technology helps police pursue and arrest suspects of firearm possession

Drone technology deployed by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s Air Support Unit, assisted officers of the Northern Eastern Division Task Force, in the pursuit and subsequent arrest of three suspects during an anti-crime exercise in the Las Cuevas district yesterday.

The exercise was conducted around 5 pm, on Wednesday 14th February, 2018.

During the exercise, a search warrant was executed at a house located at St. Michael’s Village, Las Cuevas.