How a teen became self-radicalised in Singapore


Self radicalised means when an individual becomes influenced by the ideology of terrorists by reading materials or watching videos online. Here an individual is not being recruited by any terrorist group or organization, instead he himself gets influenced because of the material available online.
With the increase in use of gadgets and easily accessible material which should be prohibited, such cases are increasing day by day. One such case which has shocked the nation happened in Singapore recently. A 16 year old child has been detained under the Internal Security Act. For terrorism related activities, he is the youngest person who has been detained under Internal Security Act so far. He was influenced by far right extremist ideology. He was inspired by a terrorist who killed 51 people by shooting them in 2019 in two mosques situated in New Zealand.
Towards Islam, he had developed strong anti-pathy and was self-radicalised. He had also developed a strange fascination for violence. The Internal Security Department said that the teen had read the manifesto of Christchurch attackers and had also watched the livestream video of the attack.
He got more influenced when a Tunisian national in October 2020, France horribly did terror stabbings. The 16 year old then planned to make two mosques near his home as targets. In Sembawang, Assyafaah Mosque and in Woodlands, Yusof Ishak Mosque. He did all the planning in advance. He planned where he would park his vehicle, where are the entrances and what are the routes to reach the mosques. Originally he had planned that he would use an assault rifle but later on he decided to use a machete.
He did not have a driver’s license so he planned to steal his father’s credit card to rent a car to travel between the sites. He was preparing two documents which he was intending to disseminate before his attacks. He referred to it as ‘Justifiable killings of Muslims’. He was still working on that document when he was arrested. The authorities have said that he will undergo rehabilitation. A counsellor would help him correct the ideology with which he is influenced.


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