KUALA LUMPUR: Police have arrested three people suspected of being involved in activities related to the Islamic State (IS) terror group.
This included a man who was said to have received instructions from Dr Mahmud Ahmad, now Malaysia’s most wanted terrorist, and a Saudi Arabian bomb-making expert on how to make a large-scale improvised explosive device (IED).
The man had also been instructed to purchase hand grenades and various weapons to be used in attacks on non-Muslims in Malaysia and their places of worship.
In a statement released today, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the trio were arrested between Sept 8 and 10 in Perak, Selangor and Melaka.
He said the first to be picked up was the man with links to Mahmud and the Saudi Arabian bomb-making expert, adding that the 21-year-old also had links to the al-Qaeda and Abu Sayyaf terror groups.
“The jobless man was arrested on Sept 8 in Bagan Serai, Perak... he had sworn his bai’ah (allegiance) to the Islamic State earlier this year. The suspect also admitted that he has been taught by Dr Mahmud and a Saudi Arabian bomb expert on how to produce an Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) on a large scale. He has tried to produce the bomb three times.
“The suspect also received instruction from another senior Malaysian IS fighter in Syria to purchase a pistol, M-16 and AK-47 assault rifles along with a hand grenade from a neighbouring country and launch an attack on non-Muslims and their places of worship,” he said.
Police also seized a number of chemical materials believed to be part of the materials to produce the IED, said Fuzi.
Two days after the arrest of the man in Bagan Serai, police detained a 38-year-old cendol seller who was actively promoting IS.
“He was arrested on Sept 10 in Melaka for producing IS flags and actively promoting the terror group. The suspect planned to join militants in the southern Philippines and Rakhine in Myanmar,” said Fuzi.
The third suspect was arrested in Petaling Jaya, also on Sept 10.
The 41-year-old bus driver was planning to travel to Syria at the end of the year to join IS there.
All three were detained under the Security Offences Act (Special Measures) 2012.