KUALA LUMPUR – 16 individuals suspected to be involved in Daesh related activities were arrested by the Bukit Aman Special Branch in an operation which started on 10 August until yesterday.
Principal Assistant Director of the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division (E8), Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said, the suspects consisted of 12 Indonesians, three local citizens and an Indian citizen.
He said, they were arrested in Sabah, Pahang, Johor, Penang, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
“We believe that the 10 suspects arrested at the Peninsular of Malaysia were actively recruiting for the IS and spreading the teachings of Salafi Jihadi through the social media.
“Some of them planned to launch attacks on politicians and non-Muslims in the country,” he said in a press conference at Bukit Aman.
According to Ayob Khan, the first suspect, 25-year-old Indonesian man was arrested in Keningau, Sabah on 10 July. The police believed that the suspect was assisting the militants in Indonesia by smuggling them into the Southern Philippines through Sabah.
He added, another suspect, a 38-year-old Indian woman was arrested on 2 August for raising funds to support terrorism.
He added, the Indonesian suspects have been residing in Malaysia for two to three years and worked as labourers. -MalaysiaGazette