KUALA LUMPUR - Police have confirmed that a 26-year-old woman doctor was one of the 22 Malaysians in Syria reportedly involved in the activities of the Islamic State (IS) group.
Principal assistant director of the Counter Terrorism Division of the Special Branch at Bukit Aman, SAC Datuk Ayub Khan Mydin Pitchay, said the doctor was married to a Malaysian who was a member of the IS group.
He also said that a couple, a 23-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman who hailed from Selangor and Terengganu respectively, were also among the 22 in Syria.
"A Malaysian man aged 35 had also gone to Syria with his 46-year-old wife, a foreign national," he told Bernama.
IS has taken control of huge areas in Syria and Iraq and proclaimed a caliphate.
Ayub Khan said the doctor was attempting to influence Malaysian women through a Facebook account, stating that she would share photographs to show that accommodation and food were provided.
However, he said, the women did not realise that there have been reports of the exploitation of women and girls within the group, although so far it might not have involved Malaysians.
The United Nations has reported that IS militants had kidnapped women and girls and forced them to be sex slaves.
"We are trying to establish her identity and obtain more information about the woman's family. We are investigating how she could have been influenced to go there (Syria)."
Since the launch of a special operation by the Counter Terrorism Division on April 28, 22 people have been detained on suspicion of having been involved in militant activities.
Those who have information on the IS group can contact investigating officer Insp Mohd Hazil Azhar at 03-2266 5673.