PETALING JAYA - For 10 years, he served at Kem Sungai Udang in Malacca. As a commando he was an expert in making and defusing bombs, was able to handle various firearms and trained to survive the most adverse conditions in various terrain.
But after leaving the Malaysian Armed Forces some 18 months ago, he used those abilities to serve an entirely different cause - terror.
The 29-year-old Malaysian, who hails from Perak, is the latest in a string of recruits to be arrested for activities connected to the Islamic State.
He was among 135 IS-linked militants detained by Saudi Arabian authorities in Riyadh on Dec 28.
The former commando was nabbed with the rest of a terror cell at the Saudi-Jordanian border.
Many of those caught had gone to "zones of conflict, joined extremist groups and trained in the handling of weapons before returning to Saudi Arabia to destabilise the country," The Daily Star in Lebanon reported.