KUALA LUMPUR: Three suspected Islamic State (IS) militants who also have links to the Abu Sayyaf and Al-Qaeda have been detained following raids in three states.
The suspects, all Malaysians, were picked up by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division in Perak, Selangor and Melaka between Sept 8 and Sept 10.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the first suspect, a 21-year-old man, was detained in Bagan Serai, Perak on Sept 8.
“We believe he has sworn allegiance to IS and has been active with the terror group since early this year.
The suspect had also admitted to receiving guidance from Dr Mahmud Ahmad and a Saudi Arabian bomb expert to produce Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) on a large scale, the IGP added.
“He has tried to make the bomb three times. He also received orders from a Malaysian IS militant in Syria to purchase a pistol, M-16 and AK-47 rifles along with a hand grenade from a neighbouring country to launch attacks on non-Muslim places of worship,” he said adding that bomb-making chemicals were seized at the suspect’s house.
The second suspect – a 38-year -old Cendol seller- was arrested on Sept 10 for producing IS flags and promoting the terror group’s struggle.
“He also planned to join the IS faction in southern Philippines and in Rakhine, Myanmar,” he said.
The country’s top cop said the last suspect – a 41-year-old bus driver – was arrested in Petaling Jaya on Sept 10 for planning to join IS in Syria later this year.
All suspects were detained under the Security Offences Act (Special Measures) 2012 (Sosma). -THE STAR