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Fearsome Nepalese police offer security for Trump-Kim summit

Fearsome Nepalese police offer security for Trump-Kim summit
The Associated Press

SINGAPORE (AP) — To protect one of the highest-profile diplomatic events so far this century, Singapore has enlisted the help of its fearsome Nepalese fighters whose large curved knives, according to custom, must “taste blood” whenever they’re drawn.

An elite team of Gurkha police officers, wearing brown berets and equipped with body armor and rifles, are a conspicuous part of the enveloping security force Singapore has deployed for Tuesday’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Gurkha officers, selected among young men from impoverished Nepal, have been part of Singapore’s police force since 1949. About 1,800 Gurkha officers reportedly are on duty in Singapore, and they are a regular presence at the country’s high-security events.

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