Plan to attack Saudi royalty foiled

Caught in time: Counter- Terrorism officers detaining one of the Yemeni militants in Cyberjaya.
PHOTO: The Star/ Asia News Network

The four Yemenis nabbed by the Counter-Terrorism Division of the police were planning to attack members of the Saudi royalty during their visit to Kuala Lumpur recently.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the Islamic State (IS) militants were also involved in a syndicate specialising in falsifying travel documents and drug distribution in the country.

"We managed to get them in the nick of time," he said.

Khalid was speaking to reporters after launching the 34th International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC) - Far East Regional Working Group Meeting at a hotel here yesterday.

It was earlier reported that the Yemeni militants were detained in Cyberjaya on Feb 26.

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Sources were quoted as saying the militants, aged between 26 and 33, were arrested days before the visit of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud's to Malaysia.

One of the militants worked as a cook at a restaurant specialising in Yemeni dishes, another was a student at a private university while the other two were jobless.

It is learnt that the forgery syndicate had been in operation for more than a year. The latest arrests bring the number of militants detained since February 2013 to 278.

Saudi king visits Indonesia bringing along huge entourage, limos, escalators

  • A Boeing 747 transporting Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz makes its final approach for landing at the Bali International Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 4, 2017.
  • A motorcade transporting Saudi King Salman leaves following the king's arrival at the Bali International Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar.
  • King Salman is staying at luxe resort St. Regis Bali.
  • Amid tight security on Sunday afternoon, the Saudi ruler enjoyed a short time at the beach.
  • The hotel's management has built walkways to the beach and erected bamboo fencing covered in white fabric to provide privacy for the king, despite the beach not being closed.
  • King Salman's staff had booked out the hotel entirely.
  • Saudi King Salman is visiting the Indonesian resort island of Bali from March 4 to 9.
  • The 81-year-old ruler is enjoying the sea breeze, soft white sand and sparkling blue water of Geger Beach, Nusa Dua.
  • Limousines are parked outside a government tourism office in the luxury resort area of Nusa Dua.
  • The king and his large entourage, along with nearly 500 tons of luggage, arrived in Bali on Saturday afternoon.
  • Balinese Hindu local security called "Pecalang" stand guard during a security preparation.
  • A policeman puts a sticker on a police patrol car during their preparation for King Salman's visit.
  • King Salman opted to stay in the hotel, which his staff had booked out entirely.
  • Local authorities have taken steps to increase security at Bali's most popular destinations, such as Uluwatu Temple, Garuda Wisnu Kencana Park and Ubud's famous rice terraces.
  • King Salman decided to spend his holiday in Bali because he likes the sea.
  • The government has taken VVIP security measures to safeguard King Salman in Bali.
  • As many as 2,500 police and Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel have been deployed.
  • Along with two warships and four smaller vessels in Bali waters.
  • King Salman of Saudi Arabia rides in a golf cart driven by Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Saudi Arabia's King Salman stands as he prays at Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta
  • Saudi Arabia's King Salman called for a united fight against terrorism in a speech to Indonesia's parliament during a landmark state visit to the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.
  • King Salman began the first visit by a Saudi monarch to Indonesia in almost 50 years, seeking to strengthen economic ties with the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.
  • The king - who is accompanied by about 1,000 people, including princes and ministers
  • - disembarked from his official plane at a Jakarta airport and was welcomed by President Joko Widodo and a guard of honour.
  • Almost 460 tons of equipment have been flown in for the visit, including Mercedes limousines and escalators for the king to descend from his plane.
  • Most has been transported to the resort island of Bali, where the king will take a holiday after visiting Jakarta.
  • Salman will hold talks later with Widodo at the Indonesian leader's official residence in Bogor outside the capital Jakarta.
  • The king will give a speech to parliament on Thursday.
  • Business deals could be announced, and a series of co-operation memoranda are also set to be signed on issues ranging from security, to health and education during the three-day visit to Jakarta.
  • Indonesia will also seek approval to send more citizens to the annual hajj pilgrimage in western Saudi Arabia, which is home to Islam's holiest sites.
  • Salman kicked off his three-week Asian tour in Malaysia earlier this week, and is also set to visit Japan, China and the Maldives.

The four Yemenis were among seven militants, including a 41-year-old Malaysian factory technician and a 28-year-old Indonesian farmer, detained during raids between Feb 21 and 26.

Sources said the Indonesian militant, who knows how to make bombs, got instructions from notorious Malaysian militant Mohamad Wanndy Mohamad Jedi in Syria.

He was tasked with making car bombs.

It is learnt that the attack plan failed due to the quick action of police and a breakdown in communication between Mohamad Wanndy and the militants.

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