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Police arrest teen seen making bomb threat at Boon Lay bus interchange

SINGAPORE — The police have arrested a teenager who claimed he was a terrorist armed with a bomb, and caused a commotion at the Boon Lay bus interchange this week.

A 17-year-old youth (in blue) who claimed that he was a terrorist with a bomb at a bus interchange was arrested on Wednesday (Aug 23) for causing an act of public nuisance under the Mental Health Act. Photo: Screengrab from video/Social Media

A 17-year-old youth (in blue) who claimed that he was a terrorist with a bomb at a bus interchange was arrested on Wednesday (Aug 23) for causing an act of public nuisance under the Mental Health Act. Photo: Screengrab from video/Social Media

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SINGAPORE — The police have arrested a teenager who claimed he was a terrorist armed with a bomb, and caused a commotion at the Boon Lay bus interchange this week. 

The incident took place on Wednesday, but came to light on Friday (Aug 25) when a video of the 17-year-old's act surfaced on Facebook. In the video, he was heard screaming “I am a terrorist” and “I want to die”.

The police confirmed on Friday night that the teen had been arrested for causing a public nuisance.

TODAY understands the teenager is mentally unwell. He was arrested at Jurong Point shopping mall, shortly after the incident at the bus interchange, which is connected to the mall.

During the incident, a female uniformed staff was seen confronting the teen who then said: “Don’t touch me! I am a terrorist. I am going to detonate the bomb!”

A few passers-by were heard suggesting that someone should call the police.

The commotion escalated when a Malay passer-by called him out for being offensive, to which he explained: “I am an emotional time bomb!”

When more passers-by started stopping in their tracks to find out what the commotion was all about, the teen shouted a vulgarity and ran off. 

SBS Transit declined to comment on the incident.

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