Malaysia Police Detain Five for Suspected Links to Terror Groups

Malaysia detained four foreign nationals and one local person on suspected links to terror groups, including the Islamic State, police said in statement Saturday.

The five men, aged between 25 and 59, were detained in Kuala Lumpur and other parts of the country between Nov. 17 and Dec. 1. Three of the suspects were arrested for links to the Islamic State, said Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar in the statement.

An Indonesian suspect was the alleged cell leader of the group and was believed to have sworn an oath of allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi through Facebook in 2014, police said.

“He and the Malaysian suspect are responsible for recruiting new members from Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries and arranging for them to travel to Syria,” Khalid said. A “Bangladeshi suspect was planning to travel to Syria as well,” Khalid said.

The other two detainees were from Europe and Africa, according to the police officer. The European suspect had links to al-Qaeda and was suspected of being involved in terror activities in Bosnia and Afghanistan, the Malaysian police said.

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