51-year-old Singaporean man arrested for trying to join ISIS

51-year-old Singaporean man arrested for trying to join ISIS
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SINGAPORE - A 51-year-old Singaporean man has been arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in Jun 2015, said the Ministry of Home Affairs in a statement released on Tuesday (28 July).

Mustafa bin Sultan Ali had tried to join the terrorist group ISIS in Syria.

He left Singapore in late May and went to a regional country from where he then boarded a flight to Turkey.

He planned to cross into Syria from the Turkish border, and took that travel route in the hope of hiding his tracks.

In Turkey, he was detained by the local authorities and subsequently deported to Singapore in Jun 2015.

Investigations showed that Mustafa had been deeply radicalised by the terrorist ideology of ISIS and other radical ideologues he had come across online.

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He had travelled to Turkey and tried to make his way to Syria in order to participate in armed violence by fighting alongside ISIS.

Mustafa also said that he was prepared to carry out ISIS-directed terrorist attacks against Western establishments in Singapore.

He has been issued with a two-year Order of Detention in Jul 2015.

MHA added that anyone who is aware that someone is involved in terrorism-related activities, or who sees suspicious activities should promptly inform the Internal Security Department (1800-2626-473) or the Police (999). A timely call can save lives.

cynloh@sph.com.sg

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