According to Reuters, Singapore’s Home Ministry is saying that since 2006, they have arrested five suspected Islamic militants.
Four of the five arrested are members of terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah. JI is very active in Southeast Asia and is suspected of being close to al Qaeda.
Among those arrested by the Singapore authorities is Abdul Basheer, 28, who was planning to carry out “jihad” activities in Afghanistan. He is said to have read radical articles, opinions on the internet and as a result became radicalized without coming in direct contact to any known/unknown terrorist group. This sheds light on how internet is fast becoming a convenient location for radicals to influence people and gather support for their ideas.
Ishak Mohamed Noohu is among the four JI members arrested. He is said to be senior JI member and suspected of being part of a plane hijacking plot, which had planned to crash a plane into Singapore’s busy Changi International Airport.
Singapore’s Internal Security Law allows officials to arrest suspected militants and criminals and hold them indefinitely without trial.
A US ally and South East Asia’s commercial and trade center, Singapore is increasingly taking proactive measures to combat terrorism.
Jemaah Islamiah, Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Abu Sayyaf
According to Wikipedia, Jemaah Islamiah came into world wide attention after they carried out Bali bombings of 2002 which killed 202 civilians, including tourists from Australia. It is also suspected of actively helping, training and arming smaller terror groups in the region like the Abu Sayyaf group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Misuari Renegade/Breakaway Group (MRG/MBG) and the Philippine Raja Solaiman Movement (RSM).
Active since 1969, Jemaah Islamiah traces its roots to a radical group in Indonesia called Darul Islam.
Abu Sayyaf, is based in southern islands of the Philippines and has been active since early 1990s.The group has targeted Filipino citizens and other foreign nationals visiting the country in their violent attacks and their spokesman has said this about America, “We have been trying hard to get an American because they may think we are afraid of them,We want to fight the American people.”
Moro Islamic Liberation Front is active in Southern Philippines. Founded by a radical named Salamat Hashim, who was influenced by Saudi style Wahhabism.
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Wikipedia. URL:( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jemaah_Islamiyah), (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Sayyaf), (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moro_Islamic_Liberation_Front)