In a mind-boggling turn of events, one of Singapore’s most wanted men has somehow managed to escape and is presently at large. Mas Selamat Kastari, the leader of Singapore’s Jemaah Islamiyah network, a group which has links with Al Qaeda, is allegedly the man behind the plot to hijack a plane and crash it into Changi International Airport.
Quite apart from the vexing question of just how he was able to escape in the first place (I mean, good heavens this is Singapore and the ISD we’re talking about, and it turns out he limps!) the ongoing manhunt has turned parts of Singapore into a military stronghold. There have been reports of some parents not letting their kids go to school, and among people I’ve spoken to, a general sense of disquiet.
For all our sakes, I hope he is found soon.
You can see stories/videos at these links:
- CNA – JI detainee escapes
- CNA – Escaped from the toilet
- Straits Times – Escaped due to security lapse
- Straits Times – Manhunt intensifies