This AFP story says they were actively recruiting members, but doesn’t say where. Why not? This Channel News Asia story says they were “meeting on a regular basis at a mosque.” Our moral superiors constantly remind us that jihad terror has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam, but oddly enough, those who plot it often seem to be found in mosques. None of our moral superiors have offered an explanation for that.
“Singapore says it deported 26 Bangladeshis for terror links,” AFP, January 20, 2016:
Singapore disclosed Wednesday it arrested 27 Bangladeshi construction workers late last year for supporting “the armed jihad ideology” of militants like the Islamic State group, and deported 26 of them.
The workers were being groomed to return to their home country to wage holy war and had studied booklets on assassination techniques, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement.
“They were plotting nefarious activities in Bangladesh and other countries, and not in Singapore. But they were still a serious threat to us,” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a Facebook post late Wednesday….
Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said in an earlier Facebook post that the workers “could have easily changed their minds and attacked Singapore”.
Several members of the group also contemplated joining “armed jihad” with the IS group in Iraq and Syria, according to the MHA.
“They supported the armed jihad ideology of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,” the ministry said in the statement.
The 27 men, aged between 25 and 40, were arrested between November 16 and December 1 last year under Singapore’s Internal Security Act.
They all worked in construction in Singapore, where large numbers of labourers mostly from South Asia live in often cramped dormitories.
“The group members took measures to avoid detection by the authorities. They shared jihadi-related material discreetly among themselves, and held weekly meetings and gatherings where they discussed armed jihad and conflicts that involved Muslims,” the ministry said, adding that the group was also actively recruiting members….