ISA arrests: Bangladeshi radicals had instruction details on how to conduct 'silent killings'

An excerpt from a shared document recovered by the authorities, which depicts in a graphic manner how one can attack and kill with stealth.
An excerpt from a shared document recovered by the authorities, which depicts in a graphic manner how one can attack and kill with stealth. IMAGES: MHA

SINGAPORE - Several of the 27 radicalised Bangladesh nationals working in Singapore, who were arrested under the Internal Security Act, possessed a shared document with graphic images and instructions on how to conduct "silent killings".

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Wednesday (Jan 20) that the softcopy document in Bengali, saved under the English title Techniques Of Silent Killing, "depicts in a graphic manner how one can attack and kill with stealth".

The Ministry shared a diagram from the document, which depicts a man killing another with a knife.

A 1989 book named 21 Techniques Of Silent Killing, by Master Hei Long, also has an identical diagram, and has been found in the possession of terror suspects in Britain.

A description of the book on Amazon and Goodreads says it "outlines methods trained assassins use to execute their victims with cold efficiency. Learn how the spike, knife and nunchaku are used to impale or strangle victims in a minimum amount of time with a maximum chance for lethal results.

These are ruthless methods used in the shadowy worlds of criminal activity and international espionage."

"For academic study only," it adds.

A copy of the book was found in the possession of two men who, together with another duo, were jailed in 2013 for planning to bomb a Territorial Army base in Luton.

The four also had copies of a manual written by radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a US drone strike in September 2011.

21 Techniques Of Silent Killing was also sold by a British man who was caught selling an Al-Qaeda manual and publications like The Anarchist's Cookbook online in 2011.

In a separate case, a soft copy of the book was found on the laptop of a woman who was stabbed to death in the Republic of Ireland by an architect obsessed with stabbing women during sex in August 2012.

Graham Dwyer was given a life sentence in April last year for the murder, The Guardian reported.

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