Thursday, February 28, 2008

Manhunt for escaped militant suspect in Singapore

Errrr.... can someone enlighten me how on earth did they let such a crucial "suspect" escaped???!

Manhunt for escaped militant suspect in Singapore (extract)
An intense manhunt was under way Thursday for the alleged leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah militant network in Singapore following his escape from custody.

Mas Selamat bin Kastari, who was accused of planning to hijack a plane and crash it into Changi Airport in Singapore, escaped Wednesday from the Whitley Road Detention Centre, the home affairs ministry said.

"We confirm that he has not been captured as yet," a spokeswoman told AFP. The ministry said Kastari walks with a limp and was not known to be armed.

The Straits Times reported that thousands of police were assigned to the manhunt but Home Affairs told AFP it could not provide numbers.

Dozens of paramilitary Nepalese Gurkhas from a special Singapore Police contingent were deployed every few metres along roads surrounding the detention centre, near the upscale Raffles Town Club, late Wednesday.

The Whitley Road facility holds prisoners detained by the Internal Security Department.

Despite its compact size and high population density, Singapore has thickly forested nature reserves and water catchment areas that can provide escape routes and hiding places for a fugitive.

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