09/04/2014 07:00 | By TODAY via Channelnewsasia.com

Company selling alleged Islamic State flags denies terrorist links, files police report

Owner Syed Mohammad Faisal BenYahya says the company is no longer selling the flags and that it was a "one-off thing due to customer requests".

Company selling alleged Islamic State flags denies terrorist links (© Photo: albenyahya's Instagram)

SINGAPORE: The owner of the company that reportedly sold flags resembling those of the Islamic State filed a police report on Tuesday (Sept 2) over allegations the company was linked to terrorist activities.

Mr Syed Mohammad Faisal BenYahya, owner of Albenyahya Enterprise, denied any such links. He said: “We are currently not selling the flags anymore. It was just a one-off thing due to customer requests.”

On the company website, it states that the Albenyahya Enterprise was founded last year, “with the main intention of serving the Muslim community wherever they may be, especially here in the region”. The company’s products are “specially imported from Yemen, Malaysia and other countries”.

A post on the company’s Instagram account three weeks ago indicated that the flags were sold at the price of S$17.

A spokesperson from the Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed to Channel NewsAsia that a police report was filed on the purported sale of IS flags in Singapore.

"The IS has enlisted foreign fighters including those from our region to fight alongside the group, and this has raised the threat of terrorism to Singapore. The authorities are monitoring the situation closely. Singaporeans can also play a part by preventing their family and friends from becoming radicalised and unknowingly drawn into the violence," the spokesperson said.

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