16-year-old arrested for plotting to attack two mosques

[Ta Kung Pao] Singapore announced the arrest of a 16-year-old Christian of Indian origin on the 27th, accusing him of attempting to attack two mosques, Lianhe Zaobao and BBC reported. He became the first person to be arrested under the influence of extreme right thinking in Xingguo, and also the youngest person to be arrested for fear.

Singapore’s internal security agency issued a statement on the afternoon of 27, saying that the juvenile was arrested in November last year under the internal security act and formally detained in December. The teenager was originally scheduled to launch an attack on the local masques of asjafa and yusovyisa on March 15, the second anniversary of the shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, and broadcast the process live on the Internet. In those years, the killers of Christchurch massacre broke into two mosques and fired indiscriminately, killing 51 people. Before his arrest, he had purchased a bulletproof vest on the Internet and intended to buy a machete. He also studied how to buy arms on telegram and even considered joining the Singapore rifles Association.

According to the internal security bureau, the investigation shows that the teenager wants to act alone. He is self-motivated, strongly abhorrent of Islam and addicted to violence. According to reports, at the end of 2019, he saw the propaganda film of the extremist organization “Islamic state”, in which Christians were beheaded and executed, making him mistakenly believe that Isis represents Islam. In addition, the terrorist attack on the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the terrorist attack on the Church of Notre Dame in nice, France in October last year made him determined to defend Christianity and planned to attack the mosque.

Since 2015, seven young people under the age of 20 have been arrested in Singapore for violating the internal security law. Four of them have been detained and three have received restraint orders. Minister of the interior and Minister of justice sammugan said that violence comes from all sides, and the government will fight against any form of violence, which is also the reason why Singapore has dealt with hate speech severely.

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