Singapore repatriates ‘radicalized’ Indonesian maids

Daesh flag. (REUTERS)
Updated 05 July 2017

Singapore repatriates ‘radicalized’ Indonesian maids

SINGAPORE: Singapore has repatriated two Indonesian maids it said were radicalized online, one of whom wanted to travel to Syria with her foreign boyfriend to join Daesh group.
Second Home Affairs Minister Desmond Lee told parliament the discovery of the two brought to nine the number of radicalized foreign domestic workers uncovered by the city-state since 2015. All have been repatriated.
The affluent island-republic’s leaders have warned it is a prime target for a terror attack because of its strong stand against terrorism and reputation as a regional financial center.
The city-state is also supporting the US-led international coalition against Daesh with non-combat assistance like air-to-air refueling.
Lee said in response to a question in parliament that the two Indonesian maids were Daesh supporters who were “radicalized through social media.”
“One of them intended to travel to Syria with her foreign boyfriend to join Daesh,” he said Tuesday.
No details were given for the seven other maids repatriated earlier.
While none of the nine maids intended to carry out attacks in Singapore, “we cannot condone support for any radical ideologies... whether by locals or foreigners,” Lee said.
Hundreds of thousands of foreign maids and construction workers are based in Singapore, one of Asia’s wealthiest economies.
Singapore in 2015 and 2016 arrested 40 “radicalized” Bangladeshi workers who it said were plotting violence in their homeland. All but six — currently serving jail terms for terrorism and terrorist financing — have been repatriated.
The convicted ringleader, Rahman Mizanur, was jailed for five years last year. He had tried several times to join Daesh in Syria but could not get visas to Turkey or Algeria, court documents showed.
He and a group of other Bangladeshis working in Singapore had planned to violently overthrow the Bangladeshi government and establish a caliphate there, according to the documents. They also collected funds to support their cause.


Sweden arrests 2 more suspects in Denmark tax office blast

Updated 22 August 2019

Sweden arrests 2 more suspects in Denmark tax office blast

  • One of the suspects is being sought on an international arrest warrant
  • Authorities said they are confident they will catch the perpetrators

COPENHAGEN: Police in Denmark say their Swedish colleagues have arrested two more people in connection with an early morning explosion that damaged the headquarters of the Danish Tax Agency, slightly injuring a bystander.
The Copenhagen police say the arrest of the two men, aged 22 and 27, bring to three the number of people in custody. A fourth suspect is being sought on an international arrest warrant.
Investigator Brian Belling said in a statement Thursday that police are continuing their investigation, adding, “we are confident that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.”
Police did not immediately link the Aug. 6 tax agency blast to another one, four days later, at a nearby police station, though they said industrial explosives were used in both. No one was injured in the police station explosion.