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Terror group gives undercover reporter step-by-step instructions via Skype; it also produces brochures claiming luxury living, 'exquisite' climate and lattes

NOT IN THE BROCHURE: A destroyed building with a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by ISIS militants, is seen in the town of al-Alam.
"If you were worried about leaving behind your local Costa coffee then you will be happy to know that the caliphate serves some of the best lattes and cappuccinos around." - Excerpt from a brochure (above) written by an ISIS fighter
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Vulnerable youths are easy prey for ISIS propaganda, say terrorism experts

Vulnerable youths are easy prey for ISIS propaganda, experts warn how to spot 'terrorist indicators'

RUTHLESS: An ISIS militant holds a gun while standing behind a group of people, in Wilayat Fazzan, Libya, in this still image from an undated video on a social media website on April 19.

They may be bored, looking for excitement, or simply think that radicalism is an adventure.

Those were some of the reasons terrorism experts cited as to why vulnerable young people can be influenced by terrorist propaganda online.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Home Affairs revealed that an unnamed 17-year-old youth was arrested earlier this month under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for further investigations into the extent of his radicalisation.

Another youth, M Arifil Azim Putra Norja'i, 19, has been detained since April under the ISA for terrorism-related activities.

The trend of ISIS targeting young people is a global phenomenon that is likely to persist, said Professor Rohan Gunaratna, who heads the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research.

He pointed to three "terrorist indicators": a sudden change of behaviour, isolation from the community and family, and hatred towards other religious communities.

"As long as Singaporeans remain alert and vigilant (to these indicators), it will be very difficult for a successful terrorist attack to take place," he said.

Read the full report in our print edition on May 28.

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