Radicalised infant care assistant accused of pro-ISIS activities is first woman detained under ISA

The Minsitry of Home Affairs said that a 22-year-old Singaporean is the first woman to be detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Syaikhah Izzah Zahrah Al Ansari, who was detained earlier this month, wanted to be a "martyr's widow" for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), reports The Straits Times.

She was a contract infant care assistant with a PCF Sparkletots Preschool, and the MHA said in a statement on Monday (June 12) that she began to be radicalised in 2013 by online propaganda from ISIS.

The ministry added that her parents and sister had reportedly known about her radicalism in 2015, but did not alert the authorities.

It added that when Izzah was being investigated, "important evidence was destroyed by a family member relating to her plans to join ISIS, in order to try to minimise her acts".

The Straits Times

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