In a speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong revealed that the 19 year old Singaporean, M Arifil Azim Putra Norja’i, who was detained by the Internal Security Act last month wanted to kill him and President Tony Tan.
You may watch the video of his speech here:
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today announced that a 19 year old Singaporean, M Arifil Azim Putra Norja’i, has been detained without trial under the Internal Security Act for plotting terror attacks in Singapore. In a press release announced on 29th May, Arifil has been detained since April 2015 pending an investigation outcome on the extent of his extremism.
Arifil had only secondary school education and his radicalisation began around 2013 which he eventually made plans to join the global terror group ISIS in Syria. He was supportive of the violent acts like publicised beheading and started approaching individuals online whom he believed could help him join the ISIS. He actively did his research on the travel routes to Syria and the making of home-made explosive devices.
In the investigation, Arifil confessed that if he was unable to join ISIS, he intended to carry out terrorist attacks in Singapore like attacking key facilities and assassinating the PAP government leaders. Arifil had also attempted to recruit more people to conduct his terrorist plot but to no avail. Those people whom he approached however did not inform the police of Arifil’s terror tendency.
In another case also involving a Singaporean youth, a 17 year old has been detained this month (May 2015) for investigations on the extent of his radicalisation.
You may read more from MHA’s press release here.