KUALA LUMPUR – A former commander of the IS militants who was holed up in Malaysia after sneaking in with a fake passport was held by federal police on Friday.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said yesterday the 45-year-old foreigner from a Middle Eastern country had slipped into Malaysia about three weeks ago and was actively involved with the IS in Syria between 2012 and 2014.
Without stating the nationality of the man, Khalid said the suspect who was high on the wanted list in his country was held under immigration laws for the offence of possessing a fake passport.
He said the suspect was deported to his country soon after his arrest by a crack team of the federal police Special Branch.
He said the joint cooperation between the police and their foreign counterparts resulted in the tracing the foreigner.
Khalid said police will continue intensifying its survelliances and track down militants who use Malaysia as their transit point or hideout. – Agencies