A major security exercise has been launched in Guyana, as the government seeks to ramp up security across the country.

Code named ‘Operation Dragnet’, the exercise took effect from December 1st, and was initiated following a security briefing to Cabinet by Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan.

Minister of State Joseph Harmon said the Cabinet was urged to consider the recent attacks in France, Mali and other nations as indicative that Guyana is “not exempted from the threat of terrorism”.

He said the seven-month exercise also takes into consideration the parliamentary elections in neighbouring Venezuela, which are set for Sunday, as well as recent moves by Suriname to reassert a claim to Guyana’s New River Triangle, and security concerns that have been raised by sections of the business community.

The exercise will see an increased presence of law enforcement personnel at key locations across the country.

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