Singapore detains eight Bangladeshis suspected of IS group links
May 3, Dhaka: Eight Bangladeshi workers have been detained in Singapore suspecting them of planning attacks linked to the Islamic State group in their home country.
The Ministry of Home Affairs said the eight construction and marine workers were detained last month for allegedly being members of the group Islamic State in Bangladesh and are currently under investigation. It said they were arrested under the city-state's Internal Security Act, which allows for detention without trial in cases where public safety is threatened.
The ministry said the suspects had intended to join the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria as foreign fighters but discovered that it would be difficult to make their way there. The group then focused on returning to Bangladesh, where at least two more members are believed to be based, it said.
The ministry said an investigation revealed documents containing possible targets in Bangladesh and a list of government and military officials. It said the group's suspected leader, Rahman Mizanur, possessed guides on making weapons and bombs and also radical material from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida that he used to recruit the others.
The Ministry in a statement said, "Rahman Mizanur has said he would carry out an attack anywhere if he was instructed by ISIS to do so, though there are no specific indications that Singapore had as yet been selected as a target. Several of those detained may be liable for prosecution for terrorism financing."
Five Bangladeshi workers were investigated under the Internal Security Act for alleged links to the Singapore-recruited group and were subsequently deported for supporting the use of violence for a religious cause and possession of jihadi-related materials, the ministry said.
The Oslo Times