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Singapore youth held over terror hoax

world Updated: Feb 22, 2009 14:36 IST

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A Singaporean teenager has been arrested over a hoax mobile phone message that warned of a possible terror attack in a popular shopping area, police said on Sunday.

The 19-year-old man, whose identity was not released, was arrested Saturday after police received several calls from the public about the circulation of the SMS hoax, the police statement said.

The police said investigations were continuing but would not reveal any further details of the alleged crime.

If convicted for causing undue public alarm or fear, the teenager would face a maximum jail term of one year, a fine of up to 5,000 Singapore dollars ($3,250) or both.