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13-year-old arrested over alleged bomb threat in Singapore
[January 01, 2013]

13-year-old arrested over alleged bomb threat in Singapore

SINGAPORE, Jan 01, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A 13-year-old boy was arrested in Singapore after he allegedly threatened to plant bombs in local casino resort Marina Bay Sands, police said Tuesday.

The boy, believed to be from India but attending school in Singapore, said in a Facebook post that the day he leaves Singapore, he is going to take "a big big revenge" and "spit everywhere" and "plant bombs on Marina Bay Sands," the online edition of Straits Times reported, quoting the police.

The post also contained an expletive and was critical of Singapore.

Police said earlier that they were also in touch with the school the student listed on his Facebook page.

The boy, who cannot be named as he is a minor, is believed to have posted the threat on his Facebook page last Saturday.

Police said the case is classified as a Breach of Prohibition Against False Threats of Terrorist Acts, local broadcaster Channel NewsAsia said.

The offence is punishable with a fine not exceeding 100,000 Singapore dollars (80,000 U.S. dollars) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, or both.

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