SINGAPORE: Police have arrested a 34-year-old man for making a false bomb threat on an online website.
This came about after authorities received a report on the posting on 17 April.
The post, made on an online news website had made threats to bomb several locations in Singapore.
The threat was posted as a comment, in response to an article, relating to the recent Boston Marathon bombings.
Police said the suspect was arrested in the vicinity of Sengkang Central.
Initial investigations show that the suspect had no intention or means to carry out his threats.
Investigations are on-going.
Commander of Ang Mo Kio police division and deputy assistant commissioner of police Keok Tong San said: “The police will take swift and firm action against those who threaten the sense of safety and security in Singapore by making such irresponsible remarks while hiding behind the anonymity of the Internet."
Separately, police said it is also aware of a recent online posting that had made a threat to bomb the Singapore marathon.
Authorities are looking into the matter.
Police said it takes a serious view of anyone who capitalizes on recent security concerns to attempt to cause public alarm or fear by making bomb hoaxes.
It added authorities will spare no effort to track down the perpetrators and take them to task.
Under Regulation 8(1) of the United Nations (Anti-Terrorism Measures) Regulations, it is an offence for a person to communicate or make available by any means any information which he knows or believes to be false to another person, with the intention of inducing in him or any other person a false belief that a terrorist act has been, is being or will be carried out.
Any person found guilty of committing the offence shall be punished with a fine not exceeding S$100,000 or with imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, or both. - CNA/ck
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