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Singapore police arrest boy, 13, over alleged Facebook bomb threat


A woman in Singapore viewing a casino, the Marina Bay Sands.



Singapore police have arrested a 13-year-old Indian boy over a bomb threat allegedly made via Facebook against a luxury casino resort.

The unnamed boy — believed to be attending the Global Indian International School in the city-state — vowed to take "a big big revenge," "spit everywhere" and "plant bombs on Marina Bay Sands," a major tourist attraction, according to The Straits Times.

The post also contained an expletive and was critical of Singapore, the paper said.

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The boy was reportedly arrested under the Breach of Prohibition Against False Threats of Terrorist Acts, with a bomb threat punishable by a maximum of five years in jail or a fine of up to $S100,000 ($75,000), or both.

According to the Australian Associated Press, a Singaporean man suffering from depression was jailed for five years in 2009 for sending hoax email messages warning of terror plots against airlines, the Pentagon and the White House.

And, an Australian woman employed by Singapore’s main union was fired for remarks disparaging the local Malay Muslim minority on her Facebook page.

Meanwhile, in 2012 a Chinese university student was fined for calling Singaporeans "dogs" on a blogsite.

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