Singapore Terrorist Leader Escapes
Local television Channel NewsAsia quoted a statement from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) as saying that Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) detainee Mas Selamat Kastari escaped from the Whitley Road Detention Center at 4.05 pm local time.
Mas Selamat was the leader of the Singapore JI network and once planned to attack Singapore's Changi airport, said the report.
He was arrested by the Indonesian police on Bintan island in January 2006 and then sent back to Singapore, Channel NewsAsia said.
The Home Affairs Ministry said the terrorist walks with a limp and is presently at large.
He is not known to be armed, and extensive police resources have been deployed to track him down, according to the report.
Jemaah Islamiyah is an Indonesia-based terrorist organization linked to al-Qaida or the Taliban. (Xinhua)
***** Small time crooks, drug addicts and petty thieves disappearing from police lock-ups and rehab centres is quite a common occurrence in Malaysia. But a terrorist like Mas Selamat successfully escaping from the super-efficient Singapore authorities is indeed a surprise. Suspicion naturally would be on an inside job perhaps from a couple of JI sympathisers within the centre.
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