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False alarm triggers lockdown at Woodlands Checkpoint

The Woodlands Checkpoint was shuttered for 40 minutes following an alarm activation, but authorities say there was "no incident".

SINGAPORE: The Woodlands Checkpoint was closed for 40 minutes on Thursday evening (Aug 14), following an alarm activation. Authorities later clarified that "no incident" had occurred, but investigations are ongoing.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore said at about 8.30pm, there was an alarm activation. It said as part of security measures, the checkpoint was locked down for investigation. Once it was revealed that there was no incident, the entire checkpoint resumed operations, at about 9.10pm.

Several witnesses posted pictures and various accounts of the lockdown online. Witnesses also reported that doors at the checkpoint were locked after the alarm went off. Travellers were said to be prevented from entering or leaving the building during the lockdown. Pictures and videos put up by netizens showed a long queue outside the checkpoint, and a massive jam on both sides of the checkpoint.