IGP: 15 arrested in anti-terror nationwide swoop; suspects planned attack on non-Muslim voters on polling day
The student who posted a video on planning IS attacks detained by Counter Terrorism officers.
KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 15 people of various nationalities, including a secondary school student and a woman planning to attack non-Muslim voters on polling day, were detained following a police swoop in five states, said Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
The Inspector-General of Police said the 15 - six Malaysians, two Filipinos with Permanent Resident status, a married couple from a Northern African country, a Bangladeshi and four Filipinos - were detained in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, Kelantan and Sabah between March 27 and May 9.
The suspects were picked up by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division.
Mohamad Fuzi said the first arrest was made on a 33-year-old man, who was deported from Turkey on March 27.
"The suspect went to Turkey on Jan 31, and he was planning to seek safe passage into Syria.
"He was immediately detained by authorities there," he said in a statement on Friday (June 1).
The second arrest on the married couple was made in Gombak on April 2, where both suspects were blacklisted by their country and put on the Wanted List for involvement in the Islamic State (IS) terror group, added the IGP.
"They managed to enter Malaysia on March 16 and they were planning to go to a third country.
"We have since deported th em on April 14," he said.
The third arrest involved a 41-year-old Bangladeshi man, who is an owner of a restaurant in Bukit Bintang.
"He is believed to be involved in smuggling weapons for terrorists groups and listed on the Interpol Red Notice.
"He was detained on April 2," he said.
Also arrested was a 17-year-old boy, who planned to launch attacks on entertainment outlets and places of worship belonging to non-Muslims in the city, using Molotov cocktails, he added.
"He was detained in Damansara Damai, Petaling Jaya on April 20. We believe he had already recce certain attack locations.
"He also uploaded a video stating his intention to launch attacks. He was detained an hour after the video was uploaded," he said.
The IGP said police also nabbed two men who were planning to attack houses of worship belonging to non-Muslims and kidnap police personnel.
"The suspect - NorFarkhan Mohd Isa - was arrested in Johor on April 20 while his accomplice Muhamad Faizal Muhamad Hanafi was detained in Pasir Mas, Kelantan on April 23. Two others believed to be in the same gang are still at large," he said.
Six Filipinos, including two with Permanent Resident status along with a Malaysian were detained in Sabah on April 24 and April 26.
"The suspects aged between 22 and 49, were planning to stockpile weapons to use in their false jihad in Marawi City, Philippines," Mohamad Fuzi said.
The country's top cop said the last arrest involved a 51-year-old housewife in Puchong on polling day (May 9).
"She was planning to ram into voters at a voting centre with her car.
"The suspect also planned to fill her car with gas canisters and explosives and ram the car towards non-Muslims' houses of worship," he said.
The suspects were detained Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma)," he added.Related NewsSource: Google News