Six arrested for plotting attack on Singapore

Indonesian authorities arrested six suspected militants on Batam island on Friday who were believed to be linked to the Islamic State group and plotting an attack on nearby Singapore, a police spokesman said.
Six arrested for plotting attack on Singapore
Anti-terror police carry a bag containing a suspected firearm during a raid in Batam, Indonesia


Singapore said it had stepped up security in response. Indonesian police spokesman Agus Rianto told reporters the suspects had been plotting with a member of the IS militant group in Syria to attack the wealthy city-state via Batam, which is about 15 km to the south. “What we understand so far is that they were planning to attack vital objects, busy areas including police offices,” Rianto said. The six arrested were suspected of having links to Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian fighting with Islamic State in Syria, police said. Indonesian investigators believe that Naim was one of the masterminds behind an attack in January in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, in which eight people were killed including the four attackers. “There’s a link to Bahrun Naim because there was communication with Bahrun Naim - but whether they were affiliated with Bahrun Naim’s group or not - this is what we’re investigating now.”

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