Another 3 suspected IS militants detained in Malaysia

Another 3 suspected IS militants detained in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - Three more suspected militants active in funding and recruitment for the Islamic State terror group have been detained.

The Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division arrested two women and a man between 10pm and 12am on Friday.

Two of them - a 34-year-old woman, who is the wife of a suspected militant charged in court on Nov 21, and a 28-year-old event manager - were arrested at the Gombak LRT station.

A 33-year-old man, who is an executive assistant in a private company, was picked up at the Duta Bus Terminal.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that the three were believed to have used Facebook to secure funds to send Malaysians to Syria.

"We believe they used a few Facebook pages and profiles to recruit Malaysians," he said yesterday.

He added that the suspects were detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).

Sources revealed that the three had been involved in IS-related activities since early this year.

"Further checks are being made to uncover the extent of their activities," a source said.

It is learnt that the police were still searching their homes and offices for further evidence.

"The authorities suspect that the three were also responsible for arranging meetings at secret hideouts for those chosen to go to Syria.

"The meetings were to coordinate travel arrangements to avoid detection," a source said.

Since February last year, the Counter Terrorism division has arrested 45 suspected militants.

Twenty-two of them have been charged in court, including three Tandzim Al-Qaeda members led by Yazid Sufaat.

Yazid was the first to be arrested under Sosma after the Internal Security Act was abolished.

Khalid said police were still hunting for five militants believed to be linked to IS and Abu Sayyaf, a terror group based in the Philippines.

Former lecturer Dr Mahmud Ahmad (also known as Abu Handzalah) and sundry shop owner Mohd Najib Husen, both 36, are believed to be leaders of a militant group that is training and sending members to fight in Syria and Iraq.

The third person being sought is former Selayang Municipal Council employee Muhammad Joraimee Awang Raimee, 39, also known as Abu Nur.

The two other wanted men are Darul Islam Sabah members Mohd Amin Baco, 31, and Jeknal Adil, 30.

Khalid urged anyone with information to contact the nearest police station or the division at 03-2266 7010 or 011-2104 6850 or e-mail the police at CTD.E8M@gmail.com.

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