26 Bangladeshi radicals deported from Singapore possessed book on ‘silent killing’ by Asian Correspondent Staff | 21st January 2016 | @ascorrespondent

 

 

 

26 Bangladeshi radicals deported from Singapore possessed book on ‘silent killing’
by Asian Correspondent Staff | 21st January 2016 | @ascorrespondent
The 27 Bangladeshi nationals arrested by Singapore authorities on suspicion of spreading al-Qaeda and Islamic State ideology. Pic: Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs Facebook page

The 27 Bangladeshi nationals arrested by Singapore authorities on suspicion of spreading al-Qaeda and Islamic State ideology. Pic: Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs Facebook page
SINGAPORE authorities announced the arrest and deportation of 26 Bangladeshi construction workers on Wednesday after they were found to have formed a group attempting to spread the al-Qaeda and Islamic State group ideology.

According to the Home Ministry, 27 male Bangladeshi nationals had been detained between Nov 16 to Dec 1 last year under the Internal Security Act, and the 26 which had been deported were members of a closed religious study group subscribing to the extreme beliefs and teachings of radical ideologues like Anwar al-Awlaki.

The remaining Bangladeshi national had not been a member of the group, but was in the process of becoming radicalized, as he had also possessed jihadi-related material.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had posted a status to his Facebook on the same day regarding the issue, saying that “the men had been planning armed violence and nefarious activities in Bangladesh and other countries, but not in Singapore”.

However, he added that the men had still been a serious threat to the country.

“We are tightening up our security and acting to protect our racial and religious harmony. Radicalization and terrorism must never take root in Singapore.”
— Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
In the group’s possession was a shared document with graphic images and instructions on how to conduct ‘stealth killings’.

The recovered digital copy was in Bengali, saved under the English title ‘Techniques Of Silent Killing’, which depicted how one can attack and kill with stealth.

The Ministry shared a diagram from the document with the press, which showed a man killing another with a knife.

A diagram from the book, ’21 Techniques of Silent Killing’, by Master Hei Long.
Screenshot of a diagram from the book, ’21 Techniques of Silent Killing’, by Master Hei Long.

A book published in 1989, entitled ’21 Techniques Of Silent Killing’, also has an identical diagram, and has been found in the possession of terror suspects in Britain.

The book, written by Master Hei Long, is said to “outline methods used by trained assassins to execute their victims with cold efficiency. The spike, knife and nunchaku are used to impale or strangle victims in a minimum amount of time with a maximum chance for lethal results. These are ruthless methods used in the shadowy worlds of criminal activity and international espionage”.

In 2011, the book had also been in the catalog of titles sold online by a British man who was caught selling an Al-Qaeda manual and publications like ‘The Anarchist’s Cookbook’.

Additional reporting by Associated Press. Main image via Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs.

Topics covered: Al-Qaeda Bangladesh Islamic State Singapore

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