Islamic Terror Spreads
SINGAPORE: The 27 Bangladeshi nationals arrested in Singapore with terror links "could easily have changed their minds and attacked Singapore," said Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Jan 20).
He noted that the men, who were meeting on a regular basis at a mosque, had materials on techniques of silent killing and videos of jihadist propaganda. While the minister did not name the mosque, Bangladeshi newspapers The Daily Star and New Age cited case documents stating that it was the Angullia Mosque near Mustafa Centre.
"Our security agencies have done well in picking them up early. I had said yesterday that the threat of terrorism is real. We are getting daily reminders of that," said Mr Shanmugam, who had highlighted in a speech on Tuesday that Southeast Asia has become "fertile ground" for terrorism.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong described the 27 men as a "serious threat" to Singapore, even though they did not plan to carry out their "nefarious" activities in the country.
"We are tightening up our security, and acting to protect our racial and religious harmony. Radicalisation and terrorism must never take root in Singapore," he said in a Facebook post. He also urged people to be on guard for suspicious activities.
Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim also expressed concern, following the arrests.
“Terrorism is a continuing threat that can have a grave impact on all of us. I appeal that we be more vigilant, whether against radical teachings and ideologies, or of any suspicious activities around us,” said Dr Yaacob in a Facebook post.(Channel News Asia)