Singapore probes possible terror attack plot

Singapore said on Wednesday it had sent a security team to Jakarta to discuss Indonesian police findings that the city-state could have been the target of a terror attack plot.

Last Updated: May 19, 2010, 18:07 PM IST

Singapore: Singapore said on Wednesday it had sent
a security team to Jakarta to discuss Indonesian police
findings that the city-state could have been the target of a
terror attack plot.

The Ministry of Home Affairs said the team from the
Internal Security Department was in talks with the Indonesian
police about the findings, which included a map of Singapore`s
train network discovered in the home of Ahmad Sayid Maulana, a
terror suspect killed last week.
The Straits Times newspaper said the underground train
station on Singapore`s Orchard Road shopping belt --frequented
by foreign tourists, expatriate workers and locals -- had been
circled on the map.

It also quoted an unnamed Indonesian police investigator
as saying that Singapore "obviously" was a target of an attack
and that the suspects had planned to enter the city-state
through neighbouring Malaysia.

"We are aware of the items recovered and the speculations
and possibilities that the terrorists could have been planning
an attack against Singapore, and we are investigating," a
Ministry of Home Affairs spokeswoman told agency.

"We should also keep in mind that Singapore has been and
remains a target for terrorists and we must always maintain
our vigilance."
The Internal Security Department handles security threats
from "international terrorism, foreign subversion and
espionage", according to its website

Maulana had been identified in an International Crisis
Group report last month as a suspect who had planned attacks
on police headquarters in Jakarta and surveyed sites for
militant training camps in Indonesia.

The Straits Times said the 36-year-old was shot dead by
Indonesia`s elite anti-terror squad Detachment 88 during a
raid in East Jakarta on May 12.

PTI