Singapore police arrest first female ISIS suspect

2017-06-12 13:59

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Singapore — Police in Singapore have detained a preschool assistant who shared pro-Islamic State materials online and intended to travel to Syria, their first arrest of a female alleged sympathiser of the radical group.

The Home Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Monday that 22-year-old Syaikhah Izzah Zahrah Al Ansari was arrested earlier this month under the country's Internal Security Act, which allows for indefinite detention without trial.

The statement said she had been radicalised in 2013 by online propaganda related to the Islamic State and in turn posted materials on social media supporting the group. 

It said she had expressed willingness to go to Syria, take military training and marry an Islamic State member.

Singaporean authorities have detained 14 male suspected Islamic State sympathisers since 2015.


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