Authorities in Singapore have uncovered a jihadi cell comprised of 27 men from Bangladesh. The men, between the ages of 25 and 40, were all working in the construction industry.
While authorities said they posed no immediate threat to Singapore and were considering armed waging jihad overseas, as Singapore’s Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam noted in a Facebook post, “they could have easily changed their minds and attacked Singapore.”
Shanmmugam also noted that the group became radicalized in a mosque and posted materials possessed by the group on techniques of silent killing. The group watched videos racial Islamist preacher Answar al-Awlaki and children training to be jihadis (see video below).
The radicalized group supported the ideologies of Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. They began meeting in 2013 and were described as highly organized, taking measures to avoid detection.
Singapore has deported 26 cell members with one serving time in jail for trying to leave the country illegally. He will be deported when he complete his sentence.
In response, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said, “We are tightening up our security, and acting to protect our racial and religious harmony. Radicalization and terrorism must never take root in Singapore.
Watch the video below of children training to be jihadis that was viewed by the Bagladeshi cell in Singapore:
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