The country has been on excessive alert since armed gunmen linked to the Islamic State launched multiple assaults in Jakarta
Malaysian police stated on Monday that they had arrested seven individuals, together with 5 Filipinos, for suspected hyperlinks to the Islamic State militant group.
The Southeast Asian nation has been on excessive alert since armed gunmen linked to the Islamic State launched a number of assaults in Jakarta, the capital of neighbouring Indonesia, in January 2016.
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Muslim-majority Malaysia arrested greater than 250 individuals between 2013 and 2016 over suspected militant actions linked to Islamic State.
Inspector-Basic of Police Khalid Abu Bakar stated in a press release a lot of the arrests have been made throughout an operation in Sabah, on Borneo island, earlier this month.
A Philippine suspect with everlasting residency in Malaysia was detained on suspicion of elevating funds and channelling them to Mahmud Ahmad and Mohamad Joraimee Awang Raimee, two Malaysians who had joined up with the Islamic State within the southern Philippines, Khalid stated.
One Philippine man was planning to journey to Syria to hitch up with the Islamic State there, whereas one other was discovered to have pledged allegiance to Isnilon Hapilon, the Philippines’ most-needed man and chief of the Abu Sayyaf militant group.
Final June, militants who claimed to be preventing for Islamic State stated in a video that they had chosen Hapilon to steer their Southeast Asian faction.
Two different Philippine suspects, a person and a lady, have been arrested for smuggling three Islamic State members from Malaysia and Indonesia to the southern Philippines via Sabah, Khalid stated.
Police additionally arrested a Malaysian lady, who labored as an airport immigration official, on suspicion of serving to people with out legitimate journey paperwork, together with Malaysian and Indonesian Islamic State followers, to enter and exit the Philippines by way of Sabah.
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In the meantime, a Malaysian man was arrested at Kuala Lumpur’s foremost airport on Sunday after being deported from Turkey, Khalid stated.
The suspect had travelled to Istanbul in October with plans to enter Syria with the assistance of an Islamic State member from Sulawesi, Indonesia.
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