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Singapore detains three people for terrorism-related activities

(Xinhua)

09:21, September 13, 2011

SINGAPORE, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Singapore authorities have detained three people on terrorism-related activities under the Internal Security Act earlier this year, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Monday.

The arrests were made between January and July this year under the Internal Security Act, which confers on the government the right to detain suspects without trials under certain circumstances. The detained are usually involved in activities deemed to undermine national security or incite unrest.

Jumari Kamdi, one of the detainees, was a member of the group Jemaah Islamiyah in a neighboring country in the 1980s. The man has undergone para-military training organized by the group, including the handling of weapons and firearms. He was arrested in November last year and was subsequently deported to Singapore.

A second detainee named Abdul Majid Kunji Mohamad was a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front since 1998 and has undergone training in weapons handling and the making of improvized explosive devices at a camp of the group in Mindanao. He had been living in Malaysia since the mid-1990s.

He was arrested in Malaysia in May this year and later deported to Singapore.

The third, Samad Subari, was one of the pioneer members of the Singapore network of Jemaah Islamiyah. He had undergone terrorist training with al-Qaida in Afghanistan in 2001.

Samad fled to Indonesia following a crackdown on Jemaah Islamiyah by Singapore authorities and remained in hiding until his arrest by Indonesian police in Sumatra in June 2009. He was deported to Singapore in June this year upon the completion of his prison sentence.

The announcement on the arrests came one day after the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. Singapore leaders have recently reiterated the importance of vigilance in fighting terrorism in the region.

Separately, the Ministry of Home Affairs also announced the release of Mohamed Khalim Jaffar, a member of the Jemaah Islamiyah detained in January 2002 under the Internal Security Act.

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