Singapore detains teen over alleged Christchurch-inspired plans to assault mosques

The division stated its investigation had discovered that the boy was working alone and had deliberate to strike two mosques close to his dwelling on March 15, the second anniversary of the Christchurch assault.

The coed had mapped out his route and chosen two mosques close to his dwelling in northern Singapore. He purchased a flak jacket and had plans to purchase a machete on-line, in accordance with the division.

Initially, the scholar needed to acquire a gun whereas exploring the feasibility of constructing a bomb, and mimicking the Christchurch gunman’s plan of setting fireplace to the mosques with gasoline. He ultimately gave up on all these concepts when he realised Singapore had strict gun-control legal guidelines and the choice was partly pushed by logistical and private security issues.

Similar to the gunman in that assault, he deliberate to live-stream his act by strapping cell phones to a vest, the assertion stated. It stated he additionally ready two statements to be distributed simply earlier than the assault.

Legislation and Dwelling Affairs Minister Ok.Shanmugam was quoted by native media as saying that authorities didn’t intend to cost the teenager as he was underage and hadn’t carried out the act. However he stated it was worrying because it marked the primary case of right-wing extremists focusing on Muslims within the tiny Southeast Asian nation.

Authorities stated the teenager will bear a rehabilitation course of involving non secular, psychological and social counselling.

Giving additional particulars, the division assertion stated the teenager had explored varied choices together with acquiring a firearm on-line, constructing a bomb and utilizing gasoline to douse the mosques. He later determined to make use of a machete and had studied easy methods to slash the principle arteries of his victims.

One of many statements he ready referred to his deliberate assaults as a “bloodbath,” an “act of vengeance” and a “name for conflict” in opposition to Islam, authorities stated.

One other was a manifesto just like the one written by the Christchurch gunman, who the teenager known as a “saint”.

The division stated the teenager was able to die throughout the assault.

The division stated that the teenager’s household and others near him had no thought about his plans nor his hatred for Islam.

“This case demonstrates but once more that excessive concepts can discover resonance amongst and radicalise Singaporeans, no matter race or faith,” the division stated.

AP, Bloomberg

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