30 Sep '15, 11am

Singapore Holds 2 for Allegedly Trying to Join Islamic State

Singapore's government said Wednesday that it has been holding two of its citizens since August for attempting to make their way to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Muhammad Shamin Mohamed Sidek, 29, and Muhammad Harith Jailani, 18, were detained without trial under the country's Internal Security Act in separate cases, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement. The announcement of the arrests comes amid concern that more youths in the region are being radicalized by the Islamic State group and volunteering as foreign fighters, with countries in the area tightening security checks. Both individuals were "self-radicalized," the ministry said, using a term that indicates they were influenced by terrorism without being affiliated with a radical group. Instead, Shamin and Harith had exposed themselves to the Islamic State through the group's online propaganda. "Th...

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