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Housewife, Recruiter Nabbed At KLIA Over IS Links

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Two people including a 28-year-old housewife were detained on suspicion of joining Islamic State (IS) militant group, in Syria, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) recently.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar in a statement today said the duo were nabbed by the Special Branch’s Counter-Terrorism Division in separate operations on March 7 and 19 respectively.

“The first arrest involved a housewife from Kedah who was planning to go to Syria via a neighbouring country before we arrested her at the KLIA.

“The second arrest involves a civil servant from Sabah who left service since December 2012 and sneaked into a neighbouring country on February this year, to join the militant group before he left to Syria,” he said.

Khalid said the suspect was hauled up after he tried to enter Malaysia by using a genuine passport of another country which he obtained illegally.

“We believe that the suspect went back into the country to recruit several individuals to join IS in Syria.

“Our preliminary investigation also revealed that he has a connection with another Malaysian who went into Syria,” he said.

He said the duo were suspected of offences relating to violence under the Penal Code and would be investigated under the provisions of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012.-NST

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