Six suspected militants, believed to be linked to Islamic State, have been arrested in Indonesia, over reportedly plotting a rocket attack on Singapore.
Indonesian police arrested six suspected militants on Friday who they believed to be linked to the Islamic State group and plotting a rocket attack on Singapore, authorities in Indonesia and Singapore said.
Singapore said it was stepping up security in response to the plan to attack it that was being hatched on Indonesia’s Batam island, which is only about 15 km (10 miles) to the south of the wealthy city-state.
Members of an elite Singapore police unit patrolled the glittering downtown waterfront in vehicles and on foot on Friday afternoon. One officer said they were on routine patrol.
Indonesian police spokesman Agus Rianto told reporters the six suspects had been plotting with a member of the Islamic State militant group in Syria to attack Singapore, a major commercial, banking and travel hub that is home to many Western expatriates.
“What we understand so far is that they were planning to attack vital objects, busy areas including police offices,” Rianto said.
Asked whether police had recovered any physical evidence of a rocket attack, Rianto said “not yet”.