Singapore arrests man who tried to join ISIS

Singapore has arrested a 51-year-old "self-radicalized" man who tried to join ISIS. (File photo: AP)

Singapore has arrested a 51-year-old "self-radicalized" man who tried to join Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), under an internal security law that allows for detention without trial for two years, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Wednesday.

Singaporean Mustafa bin Sultan Ali was arrested in June after being deported from Turkey, from where he planned to cross into Syria.

His arrest comes as concern grows in countries around the world about individuals joining the cause of the ISIS.

Mustafa tried to go to Syria to participate in armed violence by fighting alongside ISIS, the MHA said. He also said he was prepared to carry out ISIS-directed terrorist attacks against Western establishments in Singapore, it added.

Singapore detained two "self-radicalized" teenagers, one of whom wanted to join ISIS militants, under the Internal Security Act, according to the MHA in May.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48
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