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Police nab duo planning terror attacks – IGP

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Kuala Lumpur
– Two men, a Malaysian and an Indonesian, were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the terrorist group Daesh and planning to strike in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the operation launched by the Counter Terrorism Division of the Special Branch had arrested a 23-year-old Indonesian construction worker here on Wednesday.

“The suspect had planned to attack the Bukit Aman Police Headquarters and the Travers Police Station here to seize firearms from their firearm stores,” he said in a statement here today.

He said the suspect also planned to steal firearms at other police stations and army camps for use in attacks in this country and Indonesia.

Mohamad Fuzi said the suspect had monitored the Jalan Pudu area in November last year armed with a knife to find any Buddhist monk to be killed in retaliation against the brutality of the Myanmar government on Rohingya Muslims, but the attempt failed when the police seized his knife during a search.

“The suspect has also made a loyalty pledge to a senior leader of the terrorist group Daesh through the Whatsapp application and tried to recruit several Indonesians to join Daesh.

“To prove that the Daesh terrorist group is still active in Malaysia, the suspect had raised its flag at the construction site where he worked (in Kuala Lumpur),” he said.

Meanwhile, Mohamad Fuzi said the police had also arrested a 25-year-old private religious school teacher through an operation launched in Petaling Jaya, Selangor on Dec 23 last year.

He said the teacher had been arrested before under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 and jailed 18 months before being freed on Nov 9, 2016.

“However, he became active again in the Daesh terrorist group and had planned to attack entertainment outlets in the Klang Valley,” he added. – Bernama