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Christian youth who plotted Singapore mosque attacks gets counseling

Catholic and Protestant churches in the city-state warn the faithful to stay vigilant against radicalism

Christian youth who plotted Singapore mosque attacks gets counseling

A Christian youth planned to attack Muslims at Singapore's Yusof Ishak mosque. (Photo: YouTube)

Published: February 02, 2021 09:26 AM GMT

Updated: February 02, 2021 09:31 AM GMT

Security officials in Singapore have arranged psychological counseling for a self-radicalized Christian youth who was recently arrested for plotting terror attacks on two mosques on the second anniversary of deadly mosque mayhem in New Zealand.

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam told reporters that the city-state is adopting the standard policy of providing psychological and religious counseling to radicalized youth for better rehabilitation instead of charging and imprisonment.

The minister’s statement follows the announcement by the Internal Security Department (ISD) that a 16-year-old Indian-origin Protestant was arrested in December 2020 under the Internal Security Act.

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The ISD said it found the secondary school student had made detailed plans and preparations to conduct terrorist attacks using a machete against Muslims at Assyafaah and Yusof Ishak mosques.

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