KUALA LUMPUR – Police have detained three foreign men, believed to be involved in terrorism activities around Selangor, on March 28 and April 22.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said two Russians and a Sri Lankan, aged between 23 and 42, were nabbed during special operations conducted by Bukit Aman’s Special Branch Counter Terrorism Unit.
“In the first arrest, two Russians were nabbed on suspicion of having links to Daesh and the duo had been arrested by the Turkish authorities last February for their alleged involvement with the group in Syria.
“They were then expelled from Turkey and entered Malaysia in March. The two were arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, and were deported to their home country today in a special operation,” he said in a statement, here yesterday.
The third suspect, a Sri Lankan, who worked as a closed-circuit television technician in the Klang Valley, was arrested for his alleged involvement in making death threats against Sri Lanka’s president and prime minister through his Facebook account.
Khalid said the suspect was detained under Section 6 of the Immigration Act 1959/63 and had been deported in a special operation on April 27.
The suspect was arrested as a result of solid cooperation between the Malaysian police and Sri Lankan authorities, he added.
“The police, with the help of the Immigration Department, will continue to closely monitor the entry of foreigners from high-risk countries and tighten control in all country’s entry points.
“We will make sure that there will be no infiltration of terrorist elements in Malaysia, to seek shelter or make this country as a target,” he said.