Indonesian terrorist planned to attack S’pore

Shiyin Chen & Simeon Bennett

An Indonesian terrorist killed last week was planning to attack a train station in Singapore’s main shopping district, the Straits Times reported, citing a senior Indonesian police investigator familiar with the matter.

Singapore’s Orchard train station was circled on a map of the city-state’s rail network found at the home of Ahmad Sayid Maulana, who was shot during a raid in East Jakarta on May 12, the newspaper said, citing the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Singapore’s Internal Security Department sent a team to Jakarta to discuss the findings with Indonesia’s police, the nation’s Home Affairs Ministry said in an e-mailed statement.

“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,” the ministry said. “We should also keep in mind that Singapore has been and remains a target for terrorists and we must always maintain our vigilance.”

Police also found a map of the General Santos International Airport in Mindanao, southern Philippines, and 11,517 Malaysian ringgit ($3,550) at Maulana’s house, the report said.

Singapore raised its alert levels in March after receiving intelligence about a possible terrorist plot to attack vessels in the Malacca Strait, Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng told parliament at the time.