Singapore detains five suspected jihadists

Singaporean authorities said they have detained a local man who intended to join mujahedeen fighters in Afghanistan after being influenced by extremist propaganda on the Internet, and four suspected members of the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah. All are being held under the Internal Security Act, which allows arrest without charges and indefinite detention without trial, the Home Affairs Ministry said. The suspected jihadist, a 28-year-old former lecturer named Abdul Basheer Abdul Kader, traveled to a Middle Eastern country last October to learn Arabic to communicate with mujahedeen fighters, it said in a statement late Friday. Abdul Basheer was planning to train with Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in Pakistan before crossing over into Afghanistan to fight alongside the Taliban, the ministry said.