Singapore

8 Bangladeshis detained under ISA for terror links

Eight Bangladeshis working in S'pore were detained under the Internal Security Act last month for planning terror attacks, the Ministry of 
Home Affairs said yesterday. FOO JIE YING and TAN TAM MEI (tnp@sph.com.sg) report

He was a skilled and educated Bangladeshi national who came to work in Singapore on an S-pass.

Not long after, in January this year, Rahman Mizanur, 31, started recruiting other Bangladeshis to form the beginnings of a terror cell.

By March, he managed to convert seven of his compatriots to his radical leanings of using violence to fulfil their agenda.

Making their intentions clear, the radicalised group called themselves the Islamic State in Bangladesh (ISB).

Last month, all eight men, who were employed in the construction and marine industries, were detained by the Internal Security Department (ISD) under the Internal Security Act (ISA), the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a statement yesterday.

The other seven detainees were work permit holders - Mamun Leakot Ali, 29; Sohag Ibrahim, 27; Miah Rubel, 26; Zzaman Daulat, 34; Islam Shariful, 27; Md Jabath Kysar Haje Norul Islam Sowdagar, 30; and Sohel Hawlader Ismail Hawlader, 29.

ISIS

According to MHA, they had wanted to join the notorious terror group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with the intention of overthrowing the Bangladeshi government, and then establish an Islamic state that would become part of ISIS' self-declared caliphate.

The detentions come at a time of concern that ISIS is winning recruits from Bangladesh, where radicals had recently carried out deadly attacks on minorities.

Investigations into the ISB also led to the repatriation of five Bangladeshi workers, who were not involved in the terror cell but possessed or proliferated jihadi-related materials or supported the use of armed violence in pursuit of a religious cause.

"ISB poses a security concern to Singapore because of its support for ISIS and its readiness to resort to the use of violence overseas," said MHA.

The ministry's announcement yesterday came mere months after 27 Bangladeshi construction workers in Singapore were arrested and deported towards the end of last yearfor terror links and possession of materials on terrorist propaganda.

In March, the MHA also revealed that four Singaporeans had been dealt with under the ISA for taking part in violence or intending to do so in armed conflicts overseas.

MHA warned in its statement: "Any person, foreigner or otherwise, who engages in any activity that is inimical to Singapore's national security, and racial and religious harmony will be firmly dealt with under the law."

Anyone who knows or suspects that a person has been radicalised, or is engaging in terrorist activities or propagating extremist teachings, should promptly inform the ISD on 1800-2626-473 or the police on 999.


TNP ILLUSTRATION: KELVIN CHAN

1 Rahman Mizanur converted seven of his compatriots to his radical leanings of using terror and violence to fulfil their agenda.

2 To execute their planned terror attacks in Bangladesh, the group raised money in Singapore to buy firearms.

3 Documents on weapons and a bombmaking manual were found on Rahman.

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