Nine M'sians arrested for ties to IS

RAHMAT KHAIRULRIJAL


KUALA LUMPUR: Nine Islamic States (IS) suspects were nabbed by by Bukit Aman’s Special Branch Counter Terrorism Unit in Selangor, Perak, Kedah, Kelantan and Johor.

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the suspects were picked up in a week-long series of raids between March 15 and 21.

The first raid in Klang on March 15, saw a 27-year-old Puspakom technician, belonging to Cell 2 or the ‘Gagak Hitam’ Telegram group, caught. The cell was responsible for the blast at Movida Club in Puchong, Selangor.

“He admitted of his involvement in channelling funds to Malaysia’s Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi for use by the IS group in Syria,” Khalid said in a statement today.

He said the raid on March 16 in Kulim and Ipoh saw two suspects, aged 37 and 39, being nabbed. One of the suspects is a primary school teacher and the other, a security guard.

“The school teacher admitted to spreading the Salafist Jihadi ideology through Facebook to recruit new members for IS.

“While the suspect working as a security guard had planned to leave Malaysia and join the IS, either in Syria or Southern Philippines,” said Khalid.

Meanwhile, another two suspects nabbed on March 17 in Perak aged 31 and 28 worked as an eatery assistant and the other, a veterinary shop owner.

Khalid revealed that the duo was planning to launch an attack at a police station in Tapah, Perak.

“The suspect had contacted members of the IS in Indonesia to obtain explosives to be used in the attack,” he said, adding that the suspect also had links to an IS cell in Poso, Indonesia and was active in recruiting members for the terror group.

It was understood that the veterinary shop owner was recruited by the eatery assistant.

On the March 20 raid, one suspect was nabbed in Kuala Krai. The 32-year-old mechanic is suspected of channelling funds to IS in Syria and is in contact with a Malaysian IS member in there.

As for the raid on March 21, three were rounded up from Kota Baru, Segamat and Kota Tinggi, respectively.

Khalid said the 46-year-old suspect from Kota Baru is believed to be involved in the recruitment of members for the IS, whereas the 20-year old suspect from Segamat worked in a cyber café and the 24-year-old nabbed in Kota Tinggi was a resort staff.

“The second and third suspect were believed to be involved in IS activities in Malaysia.

“All the suspects were detained under Chapter VI A for offences relating to terrorism.

“They will be investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012,” said Khalid.