Suspected militants planned to attack police stations, military camps in Malaysia

Suspected militants planned to attack police stations, military camps in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - Police stations and army camps were believed to be among the targets of 17 individuals who were detained by police on Sunday.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that police stations and military camps were believed to be targeted to obtain firearms.

He added that the suspects aged between 14 and 44 were planning to abduct high-profile individuals.

"They were also planning to make bombs as detailed notes were found which were obtained from Imam Samudera of Indonesia," he said, when winding up the debate on the Prevention of Terrorism Bill in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday.

Ahmad Zahid said among those detained was a former member of Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia, a former ISA detainee, and those who had undergone military training in Afghanistan and Sulawesi.

He said the detainees include two soldiers, two students, one security guard and two wiremen.

"This is a real threat and preventive measures must be carried out," he added.

Earlier, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar tweeted that the suspects, including two people who had recently returned from Syria, were detained by Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division personnel.

"As I mentioned before, I will never allow Malaysia to be a transit point or hideout for any terror groups.

"Congrats to the Counter Terrorism division for the excellent work," he said.

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