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Woman from India among 3 held for IS support

Woman from India among 3 held for IS support”

Three Singaporeans had been arrested and dealt with under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for terror-related activities, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a media release on Thursday (9 November).

On the other hand, Abu Thalha bin Samad, aged 25, and Munavar Baig Amina Begam, aged 38, were issued with detention orders.

Amina, a housewife and a naturalised Singapore citizen originally from India, is an ISIS supporter and harboured intention to join ISIS, the ministry said.

"She was reportedly radicalized by online materials propagating pro-ISIS thoughts", said the statement adding that Amina Begam even shared articles and contents which glorify terrorism on social networking sites to attract young recruits.

She was issued with an OD for a period of two years in November 2017.

The former full-time national serviceman had considered fighting for ISIS but began to doubt the legitimacy of its ideology and violent tactics in August, the MHA said. He was educated in JI-linked schools in the region and also underwent paramilitary training in some of the schools he attended.

The Singapore government worked with "a regional government" to deport him back to Singapore for his arrest, the ministry said, but it did not disclose from which country.

He had been living overseas for 15 years.

Singapore said late last year it had deported almost 70 foreigners including five maids for suspected radicalism over the previous two years.

Before he served as a Logistics Assistant in the Singapore Armed Forces, Adzrul Aziz bin Bajuri had already started watching online videos related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 2014 during his secondary school days, and stumbled onto IS-related videos.

It said that Adzrul will be required to undergo counselling, including religious counselling. His movements and activities will also be limited.

MHA said that the three were not reported by relatives or friends.

Authorities in neighboring Indonesia, which has the world's largest Muslim population, said previous year they had arrested six Indonesian suspects with links to Islamic State who were plotting attacks on Singapore.

In a Facebook post, the Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs said the cases were "another reminder that our community requires support and guidance from sound and credible religious sources".

He urged Muslims to seek religious knowledge from Islamic teachers under the Asatizah Recognition Scheme.



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