16-year-old boy detained in Singapore for allegedly plotting attack on mosques

A 16-year-old boy was detained in Singapore for allegedly plotting to kill Muslims in two mosques on the anniversary of the Christchurch attack in New Zealand.

Influenced by Christchurch killer Brenton Tarrant, the teenager had allegedly planned to knife his victims and live stream the attack.

He is the youngest to be detained under the Internal Security Act, which allows for detention without trial.

The Christchurch attack was the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s history.

Some 51 people died when they were gunned down by Tarrant at two mosques on 15 March 2019.

The 16-year-old Singaporean, who has not been identified but has been described as a Protestant Christian, is said to have been “motivated by a strong antipathy towards Islam and a fascination with violence,” said the country’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

The boy had intended to steal his father’s credit card to rent a car and drive between the two attack sites in the north of the island. He had no driving license, but was confident he could “make it work”, said officials from the Internal Security Department at a briefing.

The teen had allegedly originally planned to use a rifle like Tarrant, but decided to use a machete instead after he encountered difficulties in purchasing a firearm in Singapore, which has strict gun-control laws. The ministry added that he appeared to act alone.

He is the first detainee to be allegedly inspired by far-right extremist ideology in Singapore, where terror attacks and violent crimes are rare. The boy has been in detention since last month.