Singapore and Terrorism

While we were asleep: #ParisAttacks. More than 120 dead in 6 attacks.

Singapore has long considered itself a prime target for Islamic militants, particularly those operating in Southeast Asia.

A group in Indonesia, which swore allegiance to ISIS, had announced Singapore as a target earlier in 2015.

Indonesian police arrest 6 Batam militants for plotting to fire a rocket at Marina Bay…

13 June 2017

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Syaikhah Izzah Zahrah Al Ansari

She was actively planning to make her way to Syria, with her young daughter in tow.

Believing that she would reap “heavenly rewards” if she married an IS fighter who died in battle, she was looking for “a Salafi or an ISIS supporter” to marry since 2015, and planned to settle down with him and her child in Syria.

She also felt with her “elevated status” as a “martyr’s widow”, she could easily marry another ISIS fighter in Syria. Izzah was also prepared to undergo military training and engage in armed combat for the extremist group.

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/online-photos-emerge-izzah-singaporean-woman-detained-radicalism

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No threat to the children under care of the woman detained for radicalism, says Early Childhood Development Agency
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Published: 10:15 PM, June 12, 2017
Updated: 11:38 AM, June 13, 2017

SINGAPORE — The children who were previously under the care of Syaikhah Izzah Zahrah Al Ansari are “safe and well cared for”, said the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) on Monday (June 12).

The assurance came following a visit by the agency to the People’s Action Party Community Foundation (PCF) Sparkletots preschool in Blk 385 Tampines Street 32, where the 22-year-old woman — the first female to be detained for radicalisation — had worked for less than a year, before she was nabbed this month under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Tampines GRC Member of Parliament Cheng Li Hui, who looks after the Tampines East division, also wrote on Facebook that “at no time was there a threat to the children under (Izzah’s) care”, as she acknowledged that some Singaporeans, especially parents, “may be disturbed that she was an infant care assistant and in contact with children”.

Separately, in a letter given out to parents with children enrolled at the centre, Ms Cheng described the detention as a “serious matter … which is being handled by the security agencies”. She also assured the parents that the centre has been working with the authorities.

Together with four other employees, Izzah cared for 10 infants aged between two and 18 months, as an infant care assistant.

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/no-threat-children-under-radicalised-womans-care

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Intimate photos of S’porean woman detained for radicalism revealed by SMRT Feedback

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It is not known how SMRT Feedback got hold of these photos and videos but judging from their legacy, we should know better than to question them.

SINGAPORE – Syaikhah Izzah Zahrah Al Ansari, 22, became the first Singaporean female to be detained for radicalism in June this year (2017).

Although little is known about the infant care assistant, SMRT Feedback has provided Observer+ with a glimpse into her personal life.

 

Izzah works at a PCF childcare centre in Tampines Street 32, a short distance away where she lives.

She has two other sisters, and is the daughter of parents who are religious teachers.
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Izzah was self-radicalised since 2013 by online ISIS propaganda. She supported “ISIS’s use of violence to establish and defend its self-declared “caliphate”, and aspired to live in it”, according to MHA.

https://observer.news/singapore/intimate-photos-sporean-woman-detained-radicalism-revealed-smrt-feedback/

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13 June 2017

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Singaporean mother with one child nabbed for offering to marry fighter
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SINGAPORE: A 22-year-old Singaporean woman who was planning to go to Syria with her child and marry an Islamic State fighter has been detained without trial, the city-state’s interior ministry said Monday.

Syaikhah Izzah Zahrah Al Ansari, who worked at a community nursery, was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA), the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

“Izzah was intent on joining ISIS and was actively planning to make her way to Syria, with her young child,” the ministry said in a statement, using another name for the Islamic State group.

“She supported ISIS’s use of violence to establish and defend its self-declared ‘caliphate’, and aspired to live in it.”
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Singapore considers itself a prime target for terrorists because of the anti-terror role it plays and the interior ministry has warned that the terrorism threat was at its highest in recent years.

Since 2015, 14 Singaporeans have been detained under the ISA for radicalisation, which allows for detention without trial for up to two years.

The region has been on high alert in recent weeks following a takeover of Marawi in the southern Philippines by Islamist militants flying the black flags of IS.

https://www.nst.com.my/world/2017/06/248314/singaporean-mother-one-child-nabbed-offering-marry-fighter

12 June 2017

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Radicalised female infant care assistant from PCF Sparkletots detained under ISA for pro-ISIS activities
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SINGAPORE – A 22-year-old Singaporean has become the first woman to be detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for radicalism, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Syaikhah Izzah Zahrah Al Ansari, who wanted to be a “martyr’s widow” for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was detained earlier this month.

She was a contract infant care assistant with a PCF Sparkletots Preschool, which is run by the PAP Community Foundation, the charitable arm of the People’s Action Party.

She began to be radicalised in 2013 by online propaganda from terror group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), said the ministry in a statement on Monday (June 12).

Her parents, both freelance Quranic teachers, and sister had known of her radicalism in 2015, but did not alert the authorities, said the ministry.

It also said that when Izzah was being investigated, “important evidence was destroyed by a family member relating to her plans to join ISIS, in order to try to minimise her acts”.

After her exposure to ISIS material, she “began to believe that ISIS represented the true spirit of Islam. Her radicalisation deepened over time. This was exacerbated by a wide network of foreign online contacts which she developed”, said the ministry.

This network included ISIS militants and supporters, some of whom had since been killed in Syria or arrested for terrorism activities.

The ministry added that Izzah intended to join ISIS in Syria, and supported its use of violence to establish and defend its self-declared “caliphate”.

She was “actively planning” to travel to Syria with her young child, said the ministry, adding that since 2015, Izzah had been looking for an ISIS supporter to marry and settle down with in Syria.

She believed that she would reap “heavenly rewards” if her husband died fighting, and her resulting status as a “martyr’s widow” would help her marry another ISIS fighter easily.
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The ministry also pointed out that Izzah had been actively posting and sharing pro-ISIS material online since 2014. “Several of her social media platforms were taken down by administrators because of the pro-ISIS content, but she created new ones”.
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http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/radicalised-female-infant-care-assistant-from-pcf-sparkletots-detained-under-isa-for-pro

6 August 2016

Singapore calls for vigilance after ‘rocket attack’ plot foiled

August 6, 2016

Six suspected militants were rounded up on Friday in dawn raids on Batam island, about 15 km (10 miles) south of Singapore, where police believe the men planned to fire the rockets from.
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SINGAPORE: Singapore called for heightened vigilance on Saturday, a day after Indonesian police arrested a group of men they believed were plotting a rocket attack on the wealthy city-state with the help of a Syrian-based Islamic State militant.

The six suspected militants were rounded up on Friday in dawn raids on Batam island, about 15 km (10 miles) south of Singapore, where police believe the men planned to fire the rockets from.

Local police chief Sam Budigusdian said those arrested were still being held there while investigations continued.

Singapore’s home affairs minister, K. Shanmugam, said the men had plans to hit Marina Bay, the state’s glittering downtown waterfront, where night-time Formula One Grand Prix Races are held alongside a giant ferris wheel and a swanky casino resort.

“This shows how our enemies are thinking of different ways of attacking us,” Shanmugam said in a Facebook posting.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/08/06/singapore-calls-for-vigilance-after-rocket-attack-plot-foiled/

22 July 2016

Recent attacks mean Singapore also has to be prepared that “sooner or later, somebody will break through”.

PM Lee: Singapore has to be prepared that terrorists may breach its safety net

Tham Yuen-C
The Straits Times
17 July 2016

The spate of terror attacks around the world – most recently in Nice, France, which left 84 dead and many more injured – underscores the severity of the terror threat, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday. And Singapore cannot assume it will be spared from an attack, he added. “We know that terrorists have the intention to attack Singapore. They have not succeeded so far, but one day they may breach our safety net and enter Singapore, so we need to be prepared.”

Mr Lee was speaking to Singapore reporters on the last day of his first official visit to Mongolia, where he met the country’s leaders and attended the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem) summit.

When asked about last Thursday’s attack in Nice, in which a 31-year-old man ploughed a truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, Mr Lee said the mode of attack was shocking but not surprising as terrorists have used vehicles to ram into crowds.

“You can prevent a bomber, you can prevent somebody who comes with a gun, but what do you do with somebody who takes a kitchen knife or somebody who takes a car or a truck?” he asked.

This is why it is important to combat the threat on multiple fronts – to stress the need to live in a peaceful society where people work with and trust one another, as well as to detect and do something about those who seem to be going the wrong way before they can cause harm, he said.

But recent attacks, including in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, mean Singapore also has to be prepared that “sooner or later, somebody will break through”.

“We must know these things happen, they are bad, but we have to pick ourselves up and we must continue as one nation and life must carry on,” Mr Lee said.

To this end, he added, Singapore has been working to deepen trust between different racial and religious groups, and the new SG Secure initiative seeks to rally Singaporeans to cope with an attack and stay united in its aftermath.

Such efforts began after the Sept 11, 2001, terror attacks on America, but are being renewed as the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) grows.

http://www.stomp.com.sg/singapore-seen/singapore/pm-lee-singapore-has-be-prepared-terrorists-may-breach-its-safety-net-0#xtor=CS1-2

16 July 2016

ISIS has shown it can attack anywhere and that no country is safe: PM Lee

MONGOLIA: The nature of the attack in Nice, France was shocking, but not surprising as terrorists have previously employed such methods of using vehicles to plough through crowds, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on Saturday (Jul 13) Mr Lee said that while security hardware can be ramped up – like putting up bollards, scans, and checks – it is always possible for someone to break through. “You can prevent a bomber, you can prevent somebody who comes with a gun, but what do you do with somebody who takes a kitchen knife or somebody who takes a car or a truck?” he said.

At the Leaders’ Retreat on the final day of ASEM, Mr Lee spoke on the need to combat terrorism on multiple fronts, noting that in recent years, the threat of terrorism has become more serious – in particular, that from ISIS. The group controls territory, and is thus able to draw foreign fighters, he said.

It has also mastered the use of social media to propagate its ideology, and inspired sympathisers not just to join the fight in the Middle East, but to also launch “lone-wolf” attacks in their home countries.

Mr Lee said ISIS has shown that it can attack anywhere, and that no country is safe. Southeast Asia is at the frontline, with the region being a key recruitment centre, he said.

The Prime Minister highlighted three ways to combat the threat: First, through greater cooperation internationally and regionally – for example, in the area of intelligence sharing. Secondly, taking a broader approach beyond security operations. This means cooperating to cut funding for ISIS and other terrorist groups, countering their radical ideology, and securing borders so that terrorists and foreign fighters are unable to travel.

Third, encourage societies to hold together, Mr Lee said. This means not discriminating against or marginalising any community, and not giving up on those who have been radicalised.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/terror-threat-has-become/2962318.html?cid=TWTcna

5 July 2016

Singapore stepped up checks, patrols following terror attacks in Malaysia, Istanbul: MHA

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SINGAPORE: Security agencies in Singapore “immediately stepped up checks and patrols” following recent terror attacks in Malaysia and Istanbul, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Tuesday (Jul 5).

MHA was responding to media queries in the wake of suicide bombings in Indonesia and Saudi Arabia on Monday and Tuesday.

“We will calibrate security measures according to the threat environment,” a spokesperson for MHA said.

Militants with links to Islamic State have carried out attacks across the world in the past week. On Jun 28, Turkey’s Ataturk international airport was hit with gunfire and a suicide bombing attack. On the same day, a nightclub in Puchong, Malaysia was hit by a grenade in an attack that has since been linked to IS.

Days later, gunmen attacked a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 20.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia was hit by a wave of suicide bombings, including an attack at the Prophet’s Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites.

On Tuesday, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a police station in Solo, Indonesia.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-steps-up-checks/2931676.html?cid=twtcna

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http://m.todayonline.com/singapore/checks-and-patrols-stepped-singapore-amid-string-terror-attacks-mha

Checks and patrols stepped up in Singapore amid string of terror attacks: MHA

4 May 2016

8 Bangladeshi men detained under Singapore’s ISA for planning terror attacks back home

The Straits Times
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Eight Bangladeshi men working in Singapore who were planning to stage terror attacks back home have been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA), the Ministry of Home Affairs announced on Tuesday (May 3).

The men, aged between 26 and 34, called their group the Islamic State in Bangladesh (ISB) and intended to join terror group ISIS as foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq.

But as it was difficult to travel to the Middle East, they focused on returning to Bangladesh to topple their government through violent means, set up an Islamic State there, and bring it under the self-declared caliphate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

They were detained last month (April 2016), in the first ISA detentions involving a terror cell of foreign workers.

http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/8-bangladeshi-men-detained-under-singapores-isa-for-planning-terror-attacks-back-home#xtor=CS1-2

2 April 2016

. on our neighbours’ nuke plant plans: Risk is nuke sabotage so we to need ramp up nuclear expertise

Tighter border checks on nuclear materials passing through Singapore with new facility that detects, analyses radioactive & nuke material

Since 2009, Singapore’s been tracking every case of nuclear fuel passing through it: at nuclear security summit

New lab, Protective Analytical and Assessment Facility, to be ready this year to scan for nuke materials passing through Singapore

Terrorism a severe problem. With nuclear threats, it’s even worse. Countries at are taking this seriously

Nuclear attack by terrorists very plausible, says PM Lee

WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK — As terror attacks escalate around the world, a nuclear attack by terrorists using devices bought off the black market is “very plausible and believable”, and is a threat that countries must take seriously, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Nuclear terrorism may not be the most imminent of threats, but any such incident would be “disastrous” and the international community, Singapore included, must continue to fight this, said Mr Lee during a plenary session of the final Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Washington yesterday, where he also provided an update on Singapore’s progress in strengthening nuclear security.

Noting that an issue of the Islamic State’s (IS) English magazine Dabiq published last May highlighted a nuclear terrorism scenario, Mr Lee said this “shows their intent, and it is a threat which countries must take seriously”.

“I hope this summit will see countries committing to reduce their nuclear material stockpiles further, which can make for ready terrorist targets,” said Mr Lee.

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/nuclear-attack-terrorists-very-plausible-says-pm-lee

27 March 2016

3 in 4 Singaporeans believe terror strike here ‘only a matter of time’

Changi Airport seen as likeliest target

Two cars burst into flames outside the Singapore Sports Hub on April 30 last year in a staged “terror attack” to test the response of the country’s emergency services. Around 35 per cent of those surveyed wondered if citizens had the heartware to deal with an attack. Many of them believe Singaporeans still are not taking the terror threat seriously enough.ST FILE PHOTO

Danson Cheong , Benjamin Tan  and Rebecca Tan

Three in four Singaporeans believe that it is only a matter of time before the country comes under a terror attack, with Changi Airport the likeliest target. But a third of people surveyed worry that not enough is being done to prepare its citizens for the eventuality.

These figures came out of a Sunday Times poll last week of 500 people across all ages and demographics who were surveyed at locations across the island, including transport hubs, shopping areas and Changi Airport.

The survey was carried out after a coordinated attack in the Belgian capital of Brussels killed 31 people and injured 300. Two suicide bombers detonated explosives in the departure lounge of Brussels airport, before a third blew himself up on the subway at the end of rush hour.

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/3-in-4-singaporeans-believe-terror-strike-here-only-a-matter-of-time

17 March 2016

3 S’POREANS & 1 PRC NEW CITIZEN DETAINED UNDER ISA FOR JOINING ARMED CONFLICT OVERSEAS

The Ministry of Home Affairs announced that 3 Singaporeans have been arrested and detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for taking part in armed conflicts overseas. Meanwhile, a fourth man, a new citizen from China was also arrested for wanting to fight with the Kurdish militia group against the Islamic State terror group.

– More at AllSingaporeStuff.com http://www.allsingaporestuff.com/article/3-sporeans-1-prc-new-citizen-detained-under-isa-joining-armed-conflict-overseas
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TODAY’S TOP STORY: Four arrested under ISA

Four S’poreans arrested under ISA for involvement in armed violence abroad

Profiles: Four arrested under ISA

23 Feb 2016

4 Indonesians in JB tried to cross over to Singapore to fly to the Middle East to join IS but were detected by Singapore and deported to Indonesia.

其中一名嫌犯只有15歲,他們入境柔佛,逗留不到3小時又回返新加坡,引起兀蘭關卡人員的懷疑… http://bit.ly/1T3qcHy

One of the suspects but fifteen years old, they’re the immigration johor, stay in less than three hours and return to Singapore, caused the woodlands checkpoint personnel suspected… http://bit.ly/1T3qcHy

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Four Indonesians deported while ‘travelling to join ISIS’ via Singapore

23 February 2016 | MYT 7:58 AM

Four suspected Indonesian IS militants deported while entering S’pore from JB

SINGAPORE: The authorities in Singapore have deported four Indonesians believed to have been en route to the Middle East to join the Islamic State (IS) terror group.

A source familiar with the case told The Straits Times on Monday that the four suspects, including a 15-year-old boy, were arrested at Woodlands Checkpoint as they were making their way into Singapore from Johor.

Identified as Muhammad Mufid Murtadho, Untung Sugema Mardjuk, Mukhlis Koifur Rofiq and Risno, they are linked to radical ideologue Aman Abdurrahman, said Indonesian national police chief Badrodin Haiti on Monday.

Police investigations seem to indicate that Aman might have ordered the Jan 14 attack in Jakarta from his jail cell in Nusakambangan prison, but it is unclear if the three men and boy deported from Singapore are involved in the hit on the capital.

The four were handed over to Indonesian police on Batam island on Sunday shortly after they were stopped at Woodlands.

The four are from Jakarta, Bekasi in West Java and Purbalingga in Central Java – two of them are related. All had also gone on the mini-Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca three times, with one of them having been to Syria, where he remained for several weeks, added Commissioner Helmy.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/02/23/four-arrested-at-woodlands-checkpoint/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitte

20 January 2016

You have probably read about the 27 Bangladeshi workers arrested under the Internal Security Act. They had become radicalised and were planning armed violence (on.fb.me/1PpzaHW). They were plotting nefarious activities in Bangladesh and other countries, and not in Singapore. But they were still a serious threat to us.

We are tightening up our security, and acting to protect our racial and religious harmony. Radicalisation and terrorism must never take root in Singapore.

K Shanmugam Sc touched on these issues in a speech yesterday (bit.ly/20e8xgS). He spoke plainly and directly, so that everyone understands that this is serious. The Government will do its part, but everyone has to be on guard for suspicious activities that could harm our way of life.

– LHL

INFOGRAPHIC: A look at the security threats surrounding Singapore

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ISA arrests: 14 of 27 Bangladeshis jailed back home: Daily Star

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Fourteen of the 27 radicalised Bangladeshis arrested under Singapore’s Internal Security Act were  jailed in their home country after they were repatriated.

A Dhaka court sent them to jail under the Anti-Terrorism Act on Dec 27 last year, reported the Daily Star, the leading English daily in Bangladesh.

Inspector Mustafa Anwar, who was the investigation officer of the case, told the court that they were directly or indirectly involved in terror activities and making attempts to create anarchy in the country.

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/isa-arrests-14-of-27-bangladeshis-sentenced-to-jail-back-home

Bangladeshis here denounce extremists, fear backlash

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Bangladeshi radicals had been meeting since 2013, used premises of a few mosques, says MHA

Singapore arrested 27 Bangladeshis last week. See what they had: Document on how to conduct ‘silent killings’.

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Document on how to conduct ‘silent killings’ found in their possession

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Bangladeshi radicals met weekly, sought to recruit more members

Published: 4:00 PM, January 20, 2016
Updated: 5:55 PM, January 20, 2016

SINGAPORE — They belonged to a religious study group that subscribed to extremist teachings, and took measures to avoid detection by the authorities as they shared jihadi-related material “discreetly” among themselves.

These 26 Bangladeshi nationals — among the 27 who were arrested last year under the Internal Security Act — held weekly meetings and gatherings, where they discussed armed jihad and conflicts that involved Muslims. They also “carefully targeted” the recruitment of other Bangladeshi nationals to grow their membership”, said the Ministry of Home Affairs, which revealed the details of the arrest today (Jan 20).

The remaining Bangladeshi national was not a member of the group, but he was found to be in the process of becoming radicalised.

The MHA said some of the group members admitted that they believed they should participate and wage armed jihad on behalf of their religion, and several of them contemplated travelling to and participating in armed jihad in the Middle East.

Several members of the group also had a shared document containing graphic images and instruction details on how to conduct “silent killings” using different methods and weapons.

All but one of the men have been repatriated. The remaining man is in jail for attempting to leave Singapore illegally, and will be repatriated when he finished serving his sentence.

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/bangladeshi-radicals-met-weekly-sought-recruit-more-members

S’poreans must not resort to discriminating foreign workers after ISA arrests: Yaacob

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27 Bangladeshi workers arrested in S’pore for forming terror group

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21 November 2015

The Big Read: Gunfire on Paris streets sends a jolt halfway around the world

THE BIG READ: S’poreans worried that incident similar to could happen here

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Toh Ee Ming, Francis Law and Stacey Limtoheeming@mediacorp.com.sg

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Saturday, 21 November 2015

 

SINGAPORE — The spectre of terrorism — while never far away in this region — has reared its head again, after the Paris attacks that left scores dead and injured.

With the Paris attacks fresh in their minds, some Singaporeans are bracing for a terrorist attack on our shores.

A street poll of 100 Singaporeans aged 18 and above, conducted by TODAY over the past week, found that almost four in 10 respondents think a terrorist attack will happen in Singapore within the next five years. A third said they do not think so, while the remainder were unsure.

The top concern among the respondents should such an incident occur here is personal and family safety, which was cited by 68 of them. This was followed by social tensions (16) and economic impact (11).

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http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/gunfire-paris-streets-sends-jolt-halfway-around-world-0

18 November 2015

S’pore terrorist wants Indonesian citizenship
Hassan is serving a jail term of 18 years for killing a Christian school teacher and planning terror attacks against Westerners.

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JAKARTA – Jailed Singaporean terrorist Mohammad Hassan Saynudin, also known as Fajar Taslim, wants to apply for Indonesian citizenship, and intends to stay on in Indonesia when his jail sentence ends in 2027.

His lawyer, Mr Achmad Michdan, told The Straits Times yesterday: “Because Indonesia does not accept dual citizenship, Hassan must give up his Singapore citizenship before getting Indonesian citizenship. We will seek information from the Singapore Embassy here on the procedures for giving up his citizenship.”

Hassan, 42, dreads returning to Singapore, where he could be detained under the Internal Security Act without trial, Mr Michdan said.

 

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15 November 2015

Could Singapore be targeted by ISIS?

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By ELIZABETH LAW

Speaking after Friday’s carnage in Paris, Dr Rohan Gunaratna of the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said: “The coordinated simultaneous multiple attacks against French civilians are inspired and instigated by ISIS.

“The brutality of executions mirrors ISIS mindset and methodology, and diffusion of ideology and practice.”

WHY SINGAPORE?

In a statement yesterday, Mr K. Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, said Singapore has raised its alert level, stepping up security measures and border checks.

A group in Indonesia, which swore allegiance to ISIS, had announced Singapore as a target earlier this year.

The threats are not empty and can hit close to home, warned experts.

In April, Malaysian authorities nabbed a cell with explosives targeting Putrajaya and the federal Parliament.

Singapore may also be targeted because of the firm stand it takes against the militant group, said Mr Masagos Zulkifli last year. He was then Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs.

Singapore is a member of a multinational coalition formed to combat ISIS.

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14 November 2015

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Singapore students Diana Poh, Eugene Peter and Ong Zihui ran for their lives as multiple terrorist attacks on entertainment sites took place in France’s capital city on Friday (Nov 13) night, leaving at least 120 dead and five assailants killed.

Speaking to The Straits Times at 8.30am Saturday morning, the three students from Singapore Management University, who are in Paris on an exchange programme, reported that they were safe in their apartment near the Republic Metro station.

They say it is about a 10-minute walk away from the Bataclan concert area where hostages were taken. Media reported that dozens at Bataclan were killed when French forces launched a rescue operation.

The trio went to Paris in late August and are studying there till December.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Singapore’s embassy in Paris are monitoring developments closely and contacting registered Singaporeans in Paris to ascertain their safety.

Singaporeans residing in and travelling to Paris are advised to stay indoors, monitor local news, and heed the instructions of the local authorities, MFA said.

Singaporeans should contact the Singapore Embassy at +33 6 7503 2555 or singemb_par@mfa.sg if they require any urgent assistance, MFA said.

Alternatively, they may contact the 24-hour MFA Duty Office at +65 6379 8800 / 8855 or mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg. Singaporeans who are in or visiting Paris are advised to register with the Singapore Embassy at http://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/.

http://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/paris-attacks-3-singaporean-students-recount-panic-screaming-and-shouting

Paris attacks: Singapore raises alert level

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Singapore has raised its alert level in the wake of the Paris attacks, Minister for Home Affairs Mr K Shanmugam said in a statement on Saturday.

Security measures and border checks have also been stepped up.

“These attacks show that no country is immune, even when there is a state of heightened security,” said Mr Shanmugam.

“We encourage everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities or persons to the authorities.”

– See more at: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore-news/paris-attacks-singapore-raises-alert-level?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1447474914

Jakarta Post

Singapore deports suspected
Indonesian IS supporters

Escorted by four members of the police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad led by Adj. Sr. Comr. Victor Lateka, the two residents of Pekanbaru, identified as Muhammad Rizka Fajri, 27, and Firman Fitrianeldi, 30, arrived in the Riau capital on Monday on a commercial flight.

Pekanbaru Police chief Sr. Comr. Aries Syarief Hidayat said Rizka and Firman, who were arrested at Singapore Harbor on Friday with fake passports, claimed that they wanted to go Turkey but could not explain the purpose.

“The two went to Singapore by speedboat from Batam. We suspect that they intended to go to Turkey and cross the border into Syria,” Arie said.

He said it was suspected that the two men intended to join IS after the police found documents believed to be related to the organization.

Before handing over the men to their families, he said Pekanbaru Police intelligence agents would question Rizka and Firman.

During preliminary questioning, Aries said, the two men claimed that they had been offered jobs in Syria that paid a monthly wage of Rp 3 million (US$214) by a man they met on Facebook.

– See more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/10/singapore-deports-suspected-indonesian-is-supporters.html#sthash.gtVOYREU.dpuf

Lee Hsien Loong, “The 19-year-old was planning to join ISIS in Syria, and if he was unable to leave Singapore he intended to assassinate government leaders here including the President and for good measure, the Prime Minister.”

Self-radicalised teen in Singapore wanted to assassinate PM or President if he could not join ISIS: PM Lee

ISIS could pose serious threat to whole of Southeast Asia: PM Lee at Shangri-La Dialogue

SINGAPORE: Addressing defence chiefs from more than 20 nations at the 2015 International Institute for Security Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong noted that the world is now confronted with jihadist terrorism, religiously driven by a “perverted version” of Islam. Southeast Asia has also become a key recuitment centre for ISIS – with more than 500 Indonesians and dozens from Malaysia joining the terror group.

The threat has hit very close to home, he revealed in his keynote speech for the defence forum. “Even in Singapore, where we have a peaceful and well-integrated Muslim population, some individuals have been led astray. A few have gone to join ISIS and others have been intercepted and detained before they could leave,” Mr Lee said.

“We recently arrested a 17-year-old student, and we detained another 19-year-old student who had been radicalised. The 19-year-old was planning to join ISIS in Syria, and if he was unable to leave Singapore he intended to assassinate government leaders here including the President and for good measure, the Prime Minister. This is why Singapore takes terrorism, and in particular ISIS, very seriously,” he stressed.

“The threat is no longer over there; it is over here,” Mr Lee said. “The idea that ISIS can turn Southeast Asia into a province of a worldwide Islamic caliphate is a grandiose, pie-in-the-sky dream. But it is not so far-fetched that ISIS could establish a base somewhere in the region, a geographical area under its physical control like in Syria and Iraq, somewhere far from the centres of power of state governments, where the governments’ writ does not run. That would pose a serious threat to the whole of Southeast Asia.”

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/south-china-sea-dispute/1880506.html

19-year-old S’porean youth said he would carry out attacks in public places here if he could not join  the

19-year-old S’porean youth said he would carry out attacks in public places here if he could not join

SINGAPORE — A Singaporean teenager has been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) — the first known self-radicalised Singaporean to have intentions of carrying out violent attacks in Singapore — while a second was arrested under the act for further investigations into his radicalisation.

M Arifil Azim Putra Norya’i, 19, who was detained in April, had hoped to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and had revealed that he would carry out attacks in public places in Singapore if he was unable to go to Syria, even going to the extent of trying to recruit others to help him.

The second youth, 17, was arrested this month.

For details:

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/two-sporean-teens-detained-under-internal-security-act

Singaporeans must stay vigilant against threat of terrorism: Mah

No one can rule out the happening in Singapore: Mah Bow Tan

A screengrab from footage taken on Jan 7 shows hooded gunmen in an attack on the office of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. (Photo: AFP/Jordi Mir

SINGAPORE: The threat of terrorism is very real and, while the Government has stepped up security patrols and other measures in the wake of the attack at French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris that killed 12 people, no one can rule out a similar incident in Singapore, said Tampines MP Mah Bow Tan.

Hosting a ministerial community visit by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Grace Fu on Sunday (Jan 18), Mr Mah urged individuals at a community dialogue to be vigilant and stay united in order not to let terrorism triumph.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singaporeans-must-stay/1599162.html?cid=TWTCNA

Terror threats are evolving and Singaporeans need to understand risks: S Iswaran

Terror threats are evolving and Singaporeans need to understand risks: S Iswaran

INDIA: The recent spate of attacks on civilians such as those in Sydney and Paris showed that the nature of threats is evolving, and it is important for Singaporeans to understand the risks and build up resilience, said Second Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran on Saturday (Jan 10).

“What happened in other jurisdictions, it is clear that the nature of threat is evolving. The threat is real and it can occur anywhere because it is no longer about a specific group. The patterns are emerging now, we can talk about the lone wolves and so on,” Mr Iswaran said in response to questions by reporters about how Singapore and India are cooperating in anti-terror operations.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/terror-threats-are/1582000.html?cid=TWTCNA&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

S’pore to join coalition against IS, but won’t take part in combat operations: Dr Ng

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on October 11, 2014, by Aamaq News Agency, a YouTube channel which posts videos from areas under the IS group’s control, allegedly shows an IS group fighter breaking a hole in the wall of building in Ain al-Arab, known by the Kurds as Kobane, on the Syria-Turkey border. Singapore’s Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen (inset) said Monday the SAF would provide military support to the US-led coalition fighting the IS group but would not take part in combat operations.

SINGAPORE – Singapore said Monday it would provide military support to the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) group but would not take part in combat operations.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen told parliament the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) would deploy officers to the US Central Command and the Combined Joint Task Force Headquarters spearheading the campaign in Iraq and Syria.

The SAF will also deploy a Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker for air-to-air refuelling as well as an imagery analysis team.

“There will be no combat troops in Iraq and Syria, instead SAF soldiers will operate from surrounding countries together with other coalition forces,” Ng said without providing the number being deployed.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/singapore-join-coalition-against-islamic-state#sthash.AupKt6v9.uxfs

S’pore will contribute personnel, equipment to multinational coalition against ISIS

SINGAPORE: BEING PREPARED FOR A TERRORIST ATTACK!

Simulated shootout, car explosion at IMM shopping mall this afternoon

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Car explodes outside IMM Building in Jurong as police stage second day of anti-terror exercise.

Second day of police anti-terror exercise: Terrorist attack and car explosion at IMM

Published on Oct 27, 2014 7:09 PM

SINGAPORE – The IMM Building in Jurong East was swarmed by “terrorists” firing gunshots on Monday afternoon, until police officers from the Anti-Swarming team took them down. Outside the mall at the main entrance, a car exploded.

The mayhem was the second part of an annual exercise by the Singapore Police Force. Codenamed Exercise Heartbeat, this is the sixth time the anti-terror exercise has been held.

Led by the police, it involved members of the Safety & Security Watch Group and the Home Team agencies. Over 200 staff members from IMM also took part on Monday afternoon.

“Terrorist attack” at mall, MRT station as part of emergency preparedness exercise ..

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A man posing as a terrorist at Marina Bay Link Mall. — PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
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SINGAPORE – Gunshots and explosions were heard at Marina Bay Link Mall on Sunday morning as the police staged a terrorist attack as part of Exercise Heartbeat.

The annual emergency preparedness exercise was held in collaboration with the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

As part of the simulation, terrorists planted explosives at Downtown MRT station and fired at passersby before being subdued by the police.

Officers from the police, SCDF and mall security then rendered first-aid to the victims, who were evacuated via ambulance.
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Home Team officers tending to the posed victims at Marina Bay Link Mall. — PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

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Exercise Heartbeat: “Gunfire” in Marina Bay Link Mall!

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