KUALA LUMPUR – A group of 19 men which consisted of eight locals and 11 foreigners believed to be involved in terrorism were toppled by the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP).
New Inspector-General of Police, Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said, the Counter Terrorism Special Branch of RMP has successfully arrested all suspects through six arrests in a special operation which took place between 4 July and 30 August in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Kelantan and Johor.
They were believed to have plotted attacks including the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games and the 60th National Day celebration in Merdeka Square.
According to Mohamad Fuzi, the first arrest took place on 4 July in Shah Alam where a Bangladeshi suspect aged 25 who is a temporary teacher at Maahad Tahfiz religious school in Gombak was arrested.
The suspect was believed to be involved with the Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh terrorist group, a militant group in connection with Daesh.
According to him, the suspect is wanted by the police in Bangladesh and he had entered Malaysia on 4 September last year to further his studies in a public university.
“The second arrest was launched in 7 and 9 August in Johor Bahru where three suspects were arrested. They were a local 40-year old businessman and two Maldives nationals.
“The businessman was suspected to have in possession six copies of Dabiq and several articles on Daesh terrorism activities on his cell phone.
“On the other hand, the two Maldivians aged 29 and 33 are air-conditioned technicians who were suspected to use Malaysia and Singapore as their transit before departing to Syria to join the Daesh militant group,” he said in a statement today.
On the similar development, the third arrest was conducted on 11 August in Kelantan and Selangor, where the police arrested a Malaysian and two Iraqis.
He elaborated, the 63-year old Malaysian arrested in Bachok is a retired teached who actively promoted Daesh activities in his two Facebook accounts.
He added, the Iraqi technician brothers aged 41 and 63 were arrested for the suspicion of them acting as the commander of Daesh in South Iraq.
Meanwhile, he also confirmed the fourth arrest on 15 and 16 August in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur involving a Palestinian and Iraqi.
“The Palestinian suspect was believed to allegedly plan to join the Daesh group in South Philippines while the Iraqi was suspected to be involved in the Albania terrorist group which is linked to Daesh.
“The fifth arrest was executed on 25 August in Petaling Jaya where two Indonesians aged 29 and 47 who run business in Damansara were arrested for the suspicion of actively recruiting new members of Daesh and planning to travel to Syria to join Daesh.
“The sixth arrest took place on the early morning of 30 August through a special operation with the Special Operation Unit of Bukit Aman in Cheras. Eight individuals were arrested where two of them were from the Philippines and six Malaysians aged between 20 to 52-year old were believed to be involved with the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).
“The main suspect in this arrest was 25-years old. He is believed to be an ASG member who sneaked into Sandakan, Sabah before heading to Kuala Lumpur in 2015,” he added.
Fuzi added, the suspect have been seen fighting against the Filipino armies and abducted six Filipinos and beheaded a Christian hostage in South Philippines in 2010.
Therefore, Mohamad Fuzi said, the suspect had also held several meetings with Malaysians ASG members since 2014 such as Dr. Mahmud Ahmad Mohd. Najib Hussein and Muhammad Juraimee Ramlee in Kampung Tipo-Tipo, Basilan, Southern Philippines in September 2015.
“Intelligence information also exposed that the suspect also planned to launch attacks during the closing ceremony of the 29th SEA Games in the Bukit Jalil National Stadium and the 60th National Day celebrations at the Merdeka Square,” he said.
All 19 individuals were arrested under Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) (Act 747). – MalaysiaGazette