Kuala Lumpur: Five suspected militants were detained following an anti-terror swoop in four states, says Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, star reports.
The Inspector-General of Police said the suspects, two Malaysians (a man and a woman), a Pakistani, an Egyptian and a Middle-Eastern, were detained in Selangor, Perak, Kuala Lumpur and Sabah by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division during the operation, which was held from Oct 13 till Oct 26. He said the first arrest was made on a 50-year-old Egyptian man, who is an executive manager of a private company on Oct 13. "We made the arrest in Selangor. The suspect is an ex-member of Al-Qaeda and he was active in Afghanistan from 1988 until 1993. The suspect was also previously arrested in Egypt and Canada for his involvement in terrorism-related activities, as well as using fake travel documents, the IGP added.
"He had issued a death threat against a foreign diplomat in Kuala Lumpur, as well as suspected involvement in terrorism," he said. The third arrest was on a 31-year-old Pakistani man, a member of a south Asia-based terror group, Lashkar-E-Taiba. "He had weapons training with the terror group. We believe he entered Malaysia illegally in August 2016," he said. The fourth arrest is a 32-year-old Malaysian woman in Gombak on Oct 25.
"She is suspected of channelling funds to slain militant leader Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi between 2014 and 2017. "The funds were meant for the cause of the IS," Mohamad Fuzi said.
The last suspect, who was arrested on Oct 26, is a 40-year-old Malaysian man, who works as a service manager at a telecommunication company in Kota Kinabalu. "We believe he has been channelling funds to Wanndy and another militant, Muhamad Fudhail Omar, as well as the Abu Sayyaf Group. "The funds were channelled between 2015 and 2018," he said. Four of the suspects were arrested under Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), while another was detained under the Immigration Act.