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Hunt for Mas Selamat Kastari continues

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 28, 2008

SAF soldiers have joined the island-wide land, sea and air hunt.

The manhunt for the escaped Jemaah Islamiyah leader has intensified, with more than 100 soldiers joining the thousands of security forces that are tracking down the fugitive across the island and other air and sea checkpoints.

It is almost 24 hours since the wanted man, Mas Selamat Kastari, 47, who was linked to a sensation plant to crash a hijacked plane into Changi Airport, has been on the run.

Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng told Parliament earlier on Thursday that the JI militant escaped while he was brought to meet his family who was visiting him at the detention centre.

While being led to the room to meet his family, he asked to go to the toilet and gave his escorting officers the slip. The public was informed of his escape only about four hours later because the authorities said he posed no ‘imminent danger to the public’ at the time. (story)


One Response to “Hunt for Mas Selamat Kastari continues”

  1. Nicholas Lazarus said

    What we have learnt and should always remember are that the JI operatives are extremely dedicated and deadly disciples of Osama Bin Ladin. This particular JI operative was forged from the fires of Afghanistan and perhaps the most intelligent and cunning amongst the organisation. How else could he be their leader! That he has escaped is an indication of how dangerous JI operatives truly are. In my view, it is not the fault of our security forces. It is easy with the benefit of hindsight to criticise but bear in mind that even the CIA and the FBI could not prevent 9-11. Even the British M15 could not prevent the London bombings. We should rally behind and support our security forces and not undermine them.

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