SINGAPORE - Singapore has stepped up security patrols and surveillance in relevant areas following Wednesday's shooting at a magazine office in Paris, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean today.
Suspected Islamist gunmen killed 12 people, including journalists, cartoonists and policemen, in an attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly.
The incident was one of the most deadly militant attacks on French soil in decades.
In a Facebook post, DPM Teo, who is also Minister for Home Affairs and Co-ordinating Minister for National Security, said that the Paris shootings were an example of how extremism can lead to violence and bloodshed.
"We must treasure and strengthen the ties that bind our communities together in Singapore," he wrote.
But he warned that no country is immune, and called on Singaporeans to help by reporting any suspicious activities to the authorities.
He also expressed his deepest condolences to the loved ones of the victims in Paris.