Singapore on highest terror alert level, ISIS named biggest threat

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A new report by Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs released on June 1 noted that the terrorism threat to the city state reached the highest level in recent years. The ministry called on the public to be vigilant and be prepared in the event of an attack and urged to help detect and report radicalised individuals as part of a wider community effort against terrorism.

“Singapore was specifically targeted in the past year and the regional threat has heightened,” the ministry said in its inaugural Singapore Terrorism Threat Assessment Report.

The report, which will be published on a regular basis, said the threat in the region arises mainly from terror group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its affiliates such as Al Qaeda and the Jemaah Islamiah. The siege of a city by ISIS in Mindanao and the following battle of radicals with the Philippine army clearly show that Islamist terrorism is looking for new areas of operation, this time in Southeast Asia.

“Singapore is a key target. We have taken part in international coalitions against terrorism, and we represent many things that are anathema to ISIS,” the report pointed out.

In the first half of last year, there was “reliable information” that foreign ISIS militants were considering carrying out an attack on Singapore, and last August, the Indonesian authorities foiled a plot by Batam-based terrorists who planned to launch a rocket attack against the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort.

In 2015, a detained ISIS sympathiser confessed he wanted to assassinate the president and prime minister of Singapore so that the country would become leaderless and could be turned into an Islamic state under the “ISIS caliphate”.

The report clarified that there was no credible intelligence of an imminent attack at this point in time, but Singapore’s security agencies remain on high vigilance.

 

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A new report by Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs released on June 1 noted that the terrorism threat to the city state reached the highest level in recent years. The ministry called on the public to be vigilant and be prepared in the event of an attack and urged to help detect and report radicalised individuals as part of a wider community effort against terrorism.

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A new report by Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs released on June 1 noted that the terrorism threat to the city state reached the highest level in recent years. The ministry called on the public to be vigilant and be prepared in the event of an attack and urged to help detect and report radicalised individuals as part of a wider community effort against terrorism.

“Singapore was specifically targeted in the past year and the regional threat has heightened,” the ministry said in its inaugural Singapore Terrorism Threat Assessment Report.

The report, which will be published on a regular basis, said the threat in the region arises mainly from terror group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its affiliates such as Al Qaeda and the Jemaah Islamiah. The siege of a city by ISIS in Mindanao and the following battle of radicals with the Philippine army clearly show that Islamist terrorism is looking for new areas of operation, this time in Southeast Asia.

“Singapore is a key target. We have taken part in international coalitions against terrorism, and we represent many things that are anathema to ISIS,” the report pointed out.

In the first half of last year, there was “reliable information” that foreign ISIS militants were considering carrying out an attack on Singapore, and last August, the Indonesian authorities foiled a plot by Batam-based terrorists who planned to launch a rocket attack against the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort.

In 2015, a detained ISIS sympathiser confessed he wanted to assassinate the president and prime minister of Singapore so that the country would become leaderless and could be turned into an Islamic state under the “ISIS caliphate”.

The report clarified that there was no credible intelligence of an imminent attack at this point in time, but Singapore’s security agencies remain on high vigilance.

 

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