Date
23 March 2017
Singapore revealed that it arrested 27 Bangladeshi men late last year (some of whom are pictured here) for supporting Islamist militant groups. Credit: Reuters/Singapore govt
Singapore revealed that it arrested 27 Bangladeshi men late last year (some of whom are pictured here) for supporting Islamist militant groups. Credit: Reuters/Singapore govt

Singapore deports 26 Bangladeshis for supporting jihad ideology

Singapore disclosed Wednesday that it has deported 26 Bangladeshi men for supporting the “armed jihad ideology” of militant groups such as Islamic State and al Qaeda.

The city-state’s home affairs ministry said the deportations came after the arrest of 27 construction workers between Nov. 16 and Dec. 1 last year, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The men had been detained under the Internal Security Act.

An investigation found that all but one of those arrested were members of a closed religious study group that subscribed to extremist beliefs, the ministry was quoted as saying in statement .

They were suspected to be plotting nefarious activities overseas, but not in Singapore.

The one Bangladeshi who wasn’t deported is serving a prison sentence for attempting to leave Singapore via “illegal and clandestine” means after learning about the arrests of his fellow group members.

He will be deported upon completion of his sentence.

The announcement came almost a week after the deadly Jan. 14 attacks in downtown Jakarta, for which Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

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