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Man arrested in Malaysia for suspected ISIS links


Kuala Lumpur : Malaysian counter terrorism police have arrested a man suspected of having links with the dreaded Islamic State (IS) terror group, authorities here said today.

The suspect, who landed in the police net yesterday, was possessing weapons and several documents which have been seized, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said.

Malaysia was put on a high alert level following a series of coordinated terror attacks on Jakarta by an IS-linked terror group.

The Thursday’s attacks on Jakarta involved suicide bombers as well as gunmen. A total of seven people including five terrorists were killed in the incident.

Meanwhile, Khalid, a statement today, said that three Malaysians including a married couple have been detained for their alleged involvement with the IS terror group in Turkey.

He said four of the suspects including the married couple were arrested by Turkish authorities as they were trying to sneak into Syria on November 15 last year.

“The three suspects arrested in Turkey’s Gaziantep were sent back to Malaysia last Monday. They were recruited by Malaysian militant Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi also known as Abu Hamzah through Facebook and Telegram. He had also arranged for their passage to Syria,” Khalid said.

The fourth suspect, a 28-year-old man from Malaysia’s Terengganu, was planning to carry out a suicide attack.

“He had received orders from an IS leader in Syria to target Malaysia. This man was also responsible for putting up IS flags in Terengganu, Perak, Selangor and Johor,” Khalid said, adding that the flags were intended to warn authorities against taking action on IS members.

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