Malaysia anti-terror operation: Militant group has links in Syria and Philippines

KUALA LUMPUR - The militant group targeted last week by Bukit Aman Special Branch Anti-Terrorism Unit is believed to have networks in Syria and southern Philippines.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said initial investigations showed the group had links in both countries and others as well.

"We are aware of their networks on foreign soil.

"We will be making more arrests soon," he told a press conference after a shooting competition between the police and media here yesterday.

Asked whether there were more than one militant groups in the country, Khalid said police would be monitoring them if it was so.

Khalid said police were investiga­ting the possibility that the militant group was recruiting foreign students via social media.

Last week, Bukit Aman arrested 11 militants in Selangor and Kedah.

More arrests are expected in the coming days.

On the May 1 anti-GST rally, Khalid said the organisers would still be investigated under the Peaceful Assembly Act.

"The Act is still relevant despite a Court of Appeal ruling against it.

"The Attorney-General has said he appealed against the decision, thus the law is still in effect," he said, adding that police was reviewing video footages and photographs from the rally to identify any wrongdoers.

On a tourist from China kidnapped from a resort near Semporna, Khalid said the police were in touch with their counterparts in the Philippines and China on the case.

"We know the victim is still safe and healthy. We are working with our foreign counterparts to secure her safe release," he said.