Police in Singapore have arrested a man and a woman suspected of carrying out terror-related activities. The man was suspected of planning to join Daesh-linked fighters in the Philippines whereas the woman was in contact with foreign militants, as reported by government sources on Thursday.
There have been increased risks of radicalization of citizens in Singapore, which is regarded as the most stable country in Southeast Asia. The radicalization is noticed in the Muslim citizens who constitute a minority in the country.
According to government reports, at least 14 radicalized citizens have been put under restriction or detention orders under a tough internal security law since 2015. The number has increased from 11 cases which were recorded between 2007 and 2014.
The radicalized suspect has been identified as Imran Kassim, 34, who tried to make his way to Syria to join Daesh fighters at least twice. He also had plans to attack members of the Singaporean armed forces if he came in his way. Kassim’s recent plans included joining militants who seized control of Marawi City in Philippines this year.
Meanwhile the woman who got arrested has been identified as Shakirah Begam binte Abdul Wahab, who is a 23-year-old administrative assistant. She had been in contact with several foreign fighters since 2013.
“Shakirah has demonstrated a propensity to engage in risky behavior 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.
She was put under a restriction order, which means suspects are monitored and their movements are restricted.
Both these arrests came as a result of information given to the police by people close to the suspects.