In Singapore have arrested eight men charged with terrorist acts in Bangladesh. According to a statement from the Singapore government, the men were members of the group "Islamic state in Bangladesh," and planned to travel to Syria to join ISIS.
When they decided that such a trip is too difficult, they focused their plans for the overthrow of the government of Bangladesh and bringing it "under ISIS" self proclaimed Caliphate". Made bombs, documents, extremist materials and finances sent to purchase firearms were seized by the Singapore government, said in a statement.
Reportedly identified several possible targets in Bangladesh, but there were no indications that Singapore is a potential target. The men, aged 26 to 34 years old were employed in the construction and shipbuilding industries. They were arrested in accordance with the internal security Act which allows the government to detain persons for up to two years without trial.
In Singapore there are a large number of people from South Asia working in the construction industry and the growth of extremism in the region is a growing cause for concern for the Singapore government.
In January, the city-state announced that they had arrested 27 Bangladeshi workers in accordance with the Law on internal security. It was the first major arrest of foreign terror suspects.
Twenty-six men were deported, accused of radicalization and support for militant Islam. The remaining suspect is serving a prison term in Singapore. The statement said that a significant quantity of extremist material was seized, including footage of children undergoing training in military camps, as well as graphic images and instructions detailing how to conduct a "silent killing."
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