The counter-terrorism officials in Dhaka said on Wednesday that they were looking for details of a Bangladeshi youth named Faisal held in connection with extremism in Singapore.
The investigation began after news on the youth’s arrest had appeared on Tuesday citing Singaporean home ministry website three weeks after the arrest.
The 26-year-old Bangladeshi, Ahmed Faysal, was arrested on November 2 under the Internal Security Act for investigations into his ‘terrorism-related’ activities.
The four officials at Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Special Branch of police and a counter-terrorism official at the police headquarters said that they received no formal or informal request in the last three weeks from the Singaporean authorities.
Mohammad Saiful Islam, deputy commissioner of counter-terrorism and investigation at the CTTC said that they were informed of the matter following media reports and then they checked on the 15 Bangladeshis deported from Singapore.
An official at the immigration police in Dhaka confirmed that 15 Bangladeshis were deported from Singapore and another man from France and said that they were interrogated and cleared.
A senior counter-terrorism official at the police headquarters said they were not communicated over the issue as of Wednesday, prompting them to approach formally and informally their colleagues in Singapore to get details on the man held three weeks ago.
About Ahmed Faysal, the Singaporean home ministry press release said on November 24, that while he is not linked to the incidents in France, ISD’s preliminary investigations showed that he was radicalised and harboured the intention to undertake armed violence in support of his religion.
Faysal had been working as a construction worker in Singapore since early 2017, and became radicalised in 2018 after imbibing online propaganda on ISIS, the Singapore release stated.
In mid-2019, Faysal shifted his allegiance to Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, another militant group fighting to establish an Islamic caliphate in Syria, it read.
He donated funds to a Syria-based organisation on the understanding that his donations would benefit the HTS’ cause in Syria.
The Singaporean home ministry on November 24 stated that since the re-publication of caricatures on Prophet Muhammad by French magazine Charlie Hebdo on September 1, the Home Team has been on heightened alert and had also stepped up its security activities to pre-empt copycat attacks in Singapore.
As part of the heightened security posture, the Internal Security Department has detained 37 individuals — 14 Singaporeans and 23 foreigners.
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