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Kedah Police Step Up Efforts To Track Down Militant Suspects

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ALOR SETAR – The Kedah police are intensifying efforts to track down individuals suspected of being involved with the Daesh militant group which is believed to have made the state as a location to recruit new members.

Kedah police chief Datuk Zamri Yahya said a total of 192 suspects had been detained nationwide, including 75 from the state.

Two people were detained in Kuala Muda and Yan last June and both of them were police corporal, he added.

He said police also detained 11 people from Kedah on suspicion of being involved in the bombing of an entertainment outlet in Puchong, Selangor, last June 28.

“Kedah is now a hot bed for recruitment of militants. Before, it was done through usrah (religious talk), now it is more to using the Internet to disseminate their (Daesh) ideology,” he told reporters at the Kedah police contingent monthly assembly today.

On a proposal by the Rubber Industries Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) for the government to allow commercial farming of ketum, Zamri said he feared the move would further increase abuse of ketum, especially among youngsters. – BERNAMA

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