A simulation of a raid against terorrists (ANTARA)
JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Two Indonesian nationals have been arrested by the Malaysian police for allegedly being involved in terrorist activities. Up to 19 foreigners were arrested in said police’s raids, including the two Indonesians.
The Star reported on Tuesday (5/9) that the suspects may be Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and militant Abu Sayyaf militants, but are from unrelated cells.
The raids were conducted between 4 July and 30 August 2017, in Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Johor.
"We have also arrested two Indonesian men, aged 29 and 47, in Petaling Jaya, on 25 August. They have been actively recruiting members for IS (ISIS) and plan to travel to Syria," said Mohamad Fuzi Harun, Inspector General of the Malaysian Police.
Meanwhile, the other alleged terrorists are from Bangladesh, Maldives, Iraq, Palestine and the Philippines. Eight of them are Abu Sayyaf militant group members based in Minandao, Philippines.
The Malaysian police suspect that they were plotting to launch terror attacks at the closing ceremony of SEA Games and Malaysia’s Independence Day celebration.
"The mastermind of the group is a man aged 25 who introduced Malaysia through Sandakan, Sabah, before moving to Kuala Lumpur in December 2015. He was involved in the kidnapping of 6 Philippines in the military clash with the Philippine army," he said.
The identity of the Indonesian alleged terrorists is yet to be revealed. (dtc/mag)