Syria-based militant on most wanted list nabbed while on transit in KL

Syria-based militant on most wanted list nabbed while on transit in KL

KUALA LUMPUR - A 45-year-old foreign militant was detained while on a transit stop in Malaysia.

The suspect, who is a senior member of a Syrian militant group, was arrested by Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division at a hotel in Bukit Bintang at about 4.40pm on Jan 31.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) said the suspect has been with the militant group since May 2012.

"We believe he had been to the Middle East, Northern Africa and a Southeast Asian country before entering Malaysia last month.

"The suspect is also a former commander of a militant group based in Iraq and Syria," Khalid said in a statement on Saturday.

He added that the suspect was on the most wanted list of a Middle Eastern country.

"The man was detained under the Immigration Act for using a forged passport.

"He was deported to his home country on Friday," he said, adding that authorities would not allow Malaysia be used as a transit, hideout or launching point for any terror or militant group.

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