13 June 2017

News Story: Singapore detains first radicalized female

SINGAPORE, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Singapore has detained a female Singaporean suspect, the first in the city state, for radicalism, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Monday.

According to a statement released by the ministry, Syaikhah Izzah Zahrah Al Ansari (Izzah), a 22-year-old contract infant care assistant with a preschool, began to be radicalised in 2013 by online propaganda related to Islamic State (IS).

Izzah intended to join IS and was actively planning to make her way to Syria with her young child. She was looking for "a Salafi or an IS supporter" to marry and settle down with him and her child in Syria, and was prepared to undergo military training and engage in armed combat if called upon by IS, said the statement.

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