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51-year-old Islamic State aspirant arrested in Singapore

51-year-old Islamic State aspirant arrested in Singapore
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Singapore has arrested a 51-year-old -'self-radicalised-' man who tried to join Islamic State (IS) in Syria, under an internal security law that...

Singapore has arrested a 51-year-old "self-radicalised" man who tried to join Islamic State (IS) in Syria, under an internal security law that allows for detention without trial for two years, the Ministry of Home Affairs said today.


Singaporean Mustafa bin Sultan Ali was arrested in June after being deported from Turkey, from where he planned to cross into Syria.

His arrest comes as concern grows in countries around the world about individuals joining the cause of the IS.

Mustafa tried to go to Syria to participate in armed violence by fighting alongside Islamic State, the Ministry said. He also said he was prepared to carry out IS-directed terrorist attacks against Western establishments in Singapore, it added.


Singapore detained two "self-radicalised" teenagers, one of whom wanted to join Islamic State militants, under the Internal Security Act, according to the Ministry in May.
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