Tag Archives: TERRORISM

Urumqi Explosion Raises Fears Of Greater Uyghur Muslim-Separatist Terrorism Threat in China

Ethnic Uyghurs, who are Muslim, have long resented the expansion of ethnic Han Chinese into Xinjiang, China’s resource-rich far west, which they allege has produced discrimination and concentrated wealth in the hands of outsiders. Terrorist attacks in China are still relatively infrequent, but a recent spate of violence attributed to Uyghurs has produced a feeling of unease among citizens that didn’t previously exist. “Chinese people in general and foreign visitors all consider China as one of the safest countries on Earth [with] few crimes or terrorists concerns if any,” Jiang Wenran, a politics professor at the University of Alberta, said in an email. “The recent attacks on civilians in such an indiscriminate manner may change such perceptions,” he added.

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MALAYSIAN TERROR GROUP TRAINED WITH GUNS

A new militant group uncovered by Malaysian police last week had trained with guns in remote palm plantations and forests, and some weekend sessions were paid for by a foreign businessman, it was reported yesterday. Eleven members of the unnamed group, including a woman, were nabbed in Selangor and Kedah recently. Police suspect the members were planning to launch a bombing campaign against "Western and American" targets in Malaysia, including foreign embassies and entertainment outlets in the popular Bangsar area.

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Shooting at Fort Hood in Texas leaves several people dead, 14 injured

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Several people were killed and at least 14 injured on Wednesday when a gunman opened fire at a U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas, the site of another rampage in 2009, U.S. officials said. One official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, declined to offer specific numbers on fatalities. A separate U.S. official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said 14 people had been injured.

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PREVENTING NUCLEAR TERRORISM SLAUGHTER

Singapore is active in counter- proliferation initiatives such as the Container Security Initiative, which ensures that all containers that have radioactive material are examined and investigated. At its checkpoints, officers can identify, unload, inspect and neutralise hazardous materials found in containers. Singapore also works closely with other countries to combat illicit trafficking and has a strong export control regime, Professor Rajesh adds.

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Kunming knife attack gang tried to leave China before attack

Attackers who launched a brutal mass knifing at a Chinese train station acted in desperation after a failed attempt to leave the country and become jihadists overseas, a Chinese official was Wednesday quoted as saying. Both Beijing and Washington have described Saturday's attack in Kunming that killed 29 people and injured 143 as terrorism. China blames separatists from its restive far-western region of Xinjiang, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority.

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How a terrorist snared my soul

How does one go from a poly student to a detainee suspected of terror activities? Ali - not his real name - was drawn to his messages of martyrdom and expressed interest on online forums to go to jihad. In an exclusive interview with The New Paper, he told his story of how he was drawn in.

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Balance Surveillance With Public Discourse

Surveillance measures have their merits and have indeed been useful in past instances, but their gradual expansion in Singapore should not go unchallenged (Jan. 18). In an unstable world perpetuated by Rumsfeld’s “unknown unknowns” – terrorism, conflicts, general instability – it is assumed that people feel safer and more secure under watchful eyes, electronic or otherwise. Over the weekend Second Minister for Home Affairs S. Iswaran encouraged owners of private buildings to strengthen protocols for video surveillance, and also recognised AMK Hub for adding 20 new cameras to its 110-strong CCTV contingent.

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Mas Selamat’s son detained for two years

The son of Singapore Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leader Mas Selamat Kastari has been detained on a two-year Order of Detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for his involvement in the organisation. The Ministry of Home Affairs said today (Jan 9) that Masyhadi Mas Selamat, 25, was placed under detention on Nov 21 last year. He was arrested in Indonesia on Oct 20 and deported to Singapore later that month. Masyhadi was schooled in JI religious schools in Indonesia from age 13 and underwent paramilitary training there when he was older. He formally became a member of the JI terrorist organisation when he turned 21. Among other things, he conducted JI surveillance activities and disseminated radical propaganda online in support of jihadist violence.

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