SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Police in Singapore have arrested a man suspected of planning to join Islamic State-linked fighters in the Philippines and a woman who was in contact with foreign militants, the government said yesterday.
Singapore, regarded as the most stable country in Southeast Asia, has become increasingly concerned about the risks of radicalisation among its Muslim minority.
The man arrested was identified as Imran Kassim, 34. The Ministry of Home Affairs said he had tried to make his way to Syria to join IS fighters at least twice, and had been prepared to attack members of the Singaporean armed forces. More recently, he had intended to join militants who seized control of Marawi City in Philippines this year, the ministry said in a press release.
Mr Imran’s arrest came as a result of information given to police by “people close to him”.
The woman who was detained was identified as Shakirah Begam binte Abdul Wahab, a 23-year old administrative assistant. She is the second Singaporean woman to be detained on suspicion of becoming radicalised.
The ministry said she had been in contact with several foreign fighters since 2013.
“Shakirah has demonstrated a propensity to engage in risky behaviour which renders her vulnerable to adverse influence and recruitment by terrorists who belong to a group that poses a security threat to Singapore,” the ministry said.