Foreigner with IS links detained and deported

Foreigner with IS links detained and deported
Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division officers detained the 31-year-old Northern African national (middle) believed to be involved with the IS terror group.
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KUALA LUMPUR - A 31-year-old foreign militant was detained over links with the Islamic State (IS) terror group.

The suspect, who was picked up by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division on June 9 here, is also on the wanted list of a northern African country.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) said the suspect was previously detained in his home country for being involved in terror activities in 2007.

"He was detained for two years. Then in 2013, the man went to Syria to join the IS," he said in a statement on Saturday.

The IGP added that the suspect had managed to gain entry into Malaysia by using a forged student visa in March last year.

"We believe he may have obtained the fake documents via a syndicate operating in the Klang Valley.

"The student visa seems "complete" with the name of the public university on the document," he said.

Khalid said the suspect was deported to his home country on Wednesday via the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

"We will investigate further to uncover the syndicate behind the production of forged documents.

"It is dangerous as such documents in the hands of terrorists mean disaster," he said.

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