Extremists planned to fire rocket on Singapore

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Singapore Marina BayIndonesia’s counter-terrorism police have arrested six suspected militants who were allegedly planning to launch a rocket attack on Singapore’s Marina Bay from nearby Batam island.

National Police spokesman Maj. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar says the Indonesian men were captured on August 5 in the morning on the Indonesian island, which is about 25 kilometers southeast of Singapore.

Amar says the arrests, which included the 31-year-old leader of the group, highlight the continued threat posed by extremists in Indonesia despite a sustained crackdown by authorities. He added all of the men claimed they were members of Katibah Gigih Rahmat, a little known extremist group.

Singapore’s home affairs ministry said it was aware of the plans of the group, adding that the police and other agencies have stepped up inland and border security measures.

Indonesian police said that the group’s leader, Gigih Rahmat Dewa, and Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian militant believed to have been fighting alongside the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, “previously planned to launch a rocket from Batam to Marina Bay Singapore”.

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Indonesia’s counter-terrorism police have arrested six suspected militants who were allegedly planning to launch a rocket attack on Singapore’s Marina Bay from nearby Batam island.

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Singapore Marina BayIndonesia’s counter-terrorism police have arrested six suspected militants who were allegedly planning to launch a rocket attack on Singapore’s Marina Bay from nearby Batam island.

National Police spokesman Maj. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar says the Indonesian men were captured on August 5 in the morning on the Indonesian island, which is about 25 kilometers southeast of Singapore.

Amar says the arrests, which included the 31-year-old leader of the group, highlight the continued threat posed by extremists in Indonesia despite a sustained crackdown by authorities. He added all of the men claimed they were members of Katibah Gigih Rahmat, a little known extremist group.

Singapore’s home affairs ministry said it was aware of the plans of the group, adding that the police and other agencies have stepped up inland and border security measures.

Indonesian police said that the group’s leader, Gigih Rahmat Dewa, and Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian militant believed to have been fighting alongside the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, “previously planned to launch a rocket from Batam to Marina Bay Singapore”.

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