To be leader of militant group held in Singapore

March 24th, 2008 - 8:22 am ICT by admin  

Singapore, March 24 (DPA) A Singaporean allegedly trained to become a future leader of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terrorist network has been detained in the city-state, the home affairs ministry said Monday. Rijal Yadri Jumari had been schooled in JI madrasas, sent for terrorism training in Camp Farouq in Kandahar, Afghanistan and met Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden on “a number of occasions,” the ministry’s statement said.

He is being held under the Internal Security Act, which provides for indefinite incarceration without trial.

His detention comes nearly one month after accused terrorist Mas Selamat Kastari, 47, escaped from a detention centre, triggering a massive search of the city-state’s forest areas, shore and urban areas.

The detention order for Rijal was issued last Thursday.

“For those who have gone to Afghanistan, met people, went for training, it is no longer a question of just listening to doctrine,” The Straits Times quoted senior parliamentary secretary Masagos Zulkifli as saying.

“These are people who have taken action so you don’t know how far they’ll go,” he said. “For the good of all, we have to be very vigilant.”

At the time of Rijal’s arrest, he was working with foreign JI elements to revive the South East Asian group’s network, the ministry’s statement said.

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