State Of Emergency Extended To French Caribbean Territories After Paris Attack



St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The state of emergency declared by France following the terrorist attacks in Paris has been extended to the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion Island, and St Martin and St Barths.

The state of emergency was declared last weekend  after the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), claimed responsibility for the Friday night attacks that killed more than 129 people and injured in excess of 350 others.

A statement released by the Ministry of Overseas Territories said that the decision to include the Caribbean countries was justified by the necessity to reinforce security in all territories during the state of emergency that has since been extended by three months.

Under the state of emergency, law enforcement officials have the power to randomly stop the circulation of persons and install zones of protection and security; to detain suspicious persons and their possessions; to ban meetings or demonstrations; to order searches in houses day or night; to give a compulsory order of residence to any persons whose behaviour or activity is deemed dangerous for security and public order; and lastly to order the submission of weapons and ammunition.


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