KUALA LUMPUR - Two Russians and a Sri Lankan have been detained on suspicion of having terrorism links to various groups, including the Islamic State.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the three men were detained by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division during two special operations held on March 28 and April 22 in Selangor.
"The Russians, aged 23 and 25, were of Chechen descent. They were arrested by Turkish authorities, in February, on suspicion of being involved with terror groups in Syria.
"They were deported and entered Malaysia in March," he said in a statement yesterday.
The two were deported to Russia yesterday, Khalid said.
The third suspect - a 42-year-old Sri Lankan man - was detained in the Klang Valley for issuing death threats against the Sri Lankan president and prime minister via Facebook.
"He was also on the wanted list issued by Sri Lankan authorities. He was deported on April 27," Khalid said.
He said the success in detaining and deporting the suspect was due to the co-operation between the police and their Sri Lankan counterparts.
"We will always co-operate with Immigration to monitor the entry of foreigners from high-risk countries to ensure no terror elements are able to seep through our security.
"We will not allow terror groups to make Malaysia their target," he said.
Meanwhile, sources said it was strange that Turkish authorities had deported the Russians to Malaysia instead of their country of origin.
"It is even more peculiar that Turkey did not informed Malaysia of the deportation," a source said.
A source revealed that Turkish authorities deported 37 foreigners of multiple nationalities to Malaysia without informing Malaysian authorities.