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Singapore Arrests, Deports Suspected Islamic State Sympathizers

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FILE - The Merlion statue overlooking the Marina Bay area. All of the suspected terrorists -- one of them 15 years old -- were from the main island of Java.

FILE - The Merlion statue overlooking the Marina Bay area. All of the suspected terrorists -- one of them 15 years old -- were from the main island of Java.

Authorities in Singapore say they have deported four Indonesians who were allegedly traveling to Syria to join with Islamic State forces.

The quartet were arrested Sunday and deported to Indonesia's Batam island. The city-state's Ministry of Home Affairs says they informed their counterparts in Indonesia that the men were being sent back. The four were immediately detained by police after arriving in Batam's international port.

All of the suspected terrorists -- one of them 15 years old -- were from the main island of Java. They initially traveled to Singapore from Jakarta, then traveled to Johor in Malaysia before returning to Singapore.

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