SINGAPORE: The Singapore government said yesterday it had arrested two men allegedly connected to the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terrorist group and placed 12 others under surveillance.
The arrests bring the total number of suspected terrorists detained by Singapore authorities to 37, the Home Affairs ministry said in a statement.
Hosnay Awi – father-in-law of an alleged Indonesian bomb maker, Fathur Rohman al-Ghozi – was arrested in November, the statement said.
Al-Ghozi was killed in a shootout with the Philippine military last year.
Alahuddeen Abdullah, an alleged member of the Philippines-based Moro Islamic Liberation Front, was arrested in October 2002.
The rebel group is known to have hosted JI training camps at its compound on the southern island of Mindanao.
A third man, Faisel Abdullah Abdat, was arrested in February 2003, held for eight months and released with unspecified restrictions on his movements, the ministry said.
Faisel was described as an al-Qaeda sympathiser, but was not directly involved in their activities, the statement said.
Singapore has cracked down on local terror cells since Sept 11, 2001, carrying out several operations against suspects accused of plotting to blow up the US Embassy and Western targets here.
Of those arrested, 37 remain in custody under the Internal Security Act, which allows for detention without trial.
Twelve others – 10 alleged members of JI and two suspected members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front – were released after questioning on orders restricting their movements, the statement said.
The restriction orders were issued on Sunday.
JI is blamed for the October 2002 bombings that killed 202 people on Bali, and the August 2003 suicide car bombing at the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, that killed 12. – AP