2 Singaporeans held under ISA for terror activities

Members of the Iraqi Army seen with an ISIS flag in Mosul, Iraq, on July 8, 2017.
Members of the Iraqi Army seen with an ISIS flag in Mosul, Iraq, on July 8, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Two Singaporeans were arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in July, the Ministry of Home Affairs said yesterday.

Imran Kassim, 34, was detained for planning to engage in armed violence abroad. The managing director of a logistics firm tried to travel to Syria, and said he was ready to attack Singapore Armed Forces personnel deployed in the anti-ISIS coalition, or hold them as hostages for ransom.

He took an oath of loyalty to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in July 2014, was active in galvanising support for it online and had the intention to join pro-ISIS militants in Marawi.

Meanwhile, Shakirah Begam Abdul Wahab, 23, actively initiated online contact with fighters in 2013, but ceased contacting them last year. An administrative assistant, she has been issued a Restriction Order, which limits her activities.

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