A teen has been arrested after he posted a fake blog post on a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) serviceman who was apparently killed by a stray bullet.
In a Straits Times (ST) report, a police spokesperson said that the incident did not happen, and a 19-year-old blogger has been arrested for "transmitting a false or fabricated message".
On 27 January, a post emerged on a blog called Temasek Revealed that claimed a 19-year-old SAF serviceman had been killed after taking a stray bullet to his right eye in Sembawang, wrote the paper.
It added that there was also another blog post on the same website from the brother of the deceased, detailing the injury.
The posts eventually went viral on social networking site, Facebook (on the Temasek Review page). It also spread like wildfire over other blogs, forums and other social networking sites.
ST wrote that Mindef put an alert on its Facebook page the next day, confirming the hoax. The post has since been removed on Temasek Revealed.