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Interpol issues global warning after terrorist escapes prison

Special Operations Command policemen from the Singapore police force are seen along  major roads near the  detention center on Wednesday.

Special Operations Command policemen from the Singapore police force are seen along major roads near the detention center on Wednesday.

Interpol said it has issued a worldwide security alert following the escape of an alleged Islamic terror leader from a jail in Singapore.
The international police organization said Friday it put out an "Orange Notice" for Mas Selamat Kastari, a suspected commander of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah's Singapore arm.
Mas Selamat, 47, who is accused of once plotting to hijack a plane and crash it into Singapore's international airport, escaped from a detention center Wednesday.
"When it comes to escapes, the first hours are crucial," Interpol's executive director of police services, Jean-Michel Louboutin, told The Associated Press. Louboutin said authorities have "no trail for the moment." Mas Selamat is "someone who presents a potential physical danger to others, but also a potential danger by organizing future bombings," he said.
The government said Mas Selamat escaped because of a "security lapse" at the detention center. He had been taken from his cell to a room where he was waiting for a scheduled visit.


Updated : 2021-01-28 11:45 GMT+08:00