KUALA LUMPUR – Abducting VIPs, storming strategic locations and setting up an IS regime in Malaysia – these were among the plots of the 17 people suspected to be IS militants arrested by police last Sunday, according to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
He said they had picked strategic locations in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya as the targets of their planned attacks.
The suspects were picked up in an operation conducted by the Counter Terrorism Division of the Police Special Branch around Kuala Lumpur and Kedah as they held clandestine meetings to discuss the plots to strike in the Klang Valley, he said in a statement today.
“The suspects were between the ages of 14 and 49, and among them were former senior members of the outlawed Kumpulan Militan Malaysia (KMM) or Militant Group of Malaysia who had been arrested before, religious teachers, security guards and military personnel,” he said.
Khalid said the most senior member of the group of suspected terrorists was a 49-year-old former KMM member who was arrested in June 2001 under the now-defunct Internal Security Act. – BERNAMA