Singaporean Teen Detained for Plotting Christchurch Copycat Attack

A 16-year-old Singaporean student has been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for plotting an attack on Muslims on the second anniversary of the Christchurch terror attacks.

The suspect reportedly planned to attack the Yusof Ishak and Assyafaah mosques on March 15 using a machete. 

“He conducted online reconnaissance and research on both mosques to prepare for the attack,” explained the Internal Security Department (ISD).

At the time of his arrest, the suspect had already bought a flak jacket, planned on buying a machete on online marketplace Carousell, and wanted to live-stream his planned massacre.

The suspect also tried procuring a rifle for the attack through an online seller but backed-out of the deal.

The ISD also explained that the suspect planned to steal his father’s credit card to rent a BlueSG vehicle after identifying a car-sharing station near his home to use in the attack.

“He was self-radicalized, motivated by a strong antipathy towards Islam and a fascination with violence. He watched the live-streamed video of the terrorist attack on the two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and read the manifesto of the attacker, Brenton Tarrant,” added the ISD. 

The suspect had prepared two documents that he wanted to disseminate prior to his attacks just like Tarrant. 

The first document was for France in response to the Nice attack while the second one was not finished.

The ISD claimed that the suspect acted alone but urged the public to stay alert to suspicious items and individuals.


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