COPS STOP GUN-SMUGGLING PIPELINE, POSSIBLE PENANG MOSQUE ATTACK
They crippled weapon-supplying cell, averted bomb attack on a Penang mosque
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A source close to the investigation said police had not ruled out the possibility that the duo, and another member of their gun-smuggling faction who is still at large, had played a role as intermediaries between Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, the supposed leader of Malaysian IS members in Syria and militants here.
“That may be true... Police are investigating that aspect, among others,” the source said.
Earlier yesterday, InspectorGeneral of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police had arrested four men and two women, all Malaysians, between March 24 and April 25.
He said the two weapons smugglers were picked up in Kelantan, but their accomplice, identified as Muhammad Muzaffa Arieff Junaidi, 27, managed to escape into southern Thailand by crossing Sungai Golok on March 22.
He said the man, who hails from Rantau Panjang in Kelantan, had fled a police dragnet and carried a pistol and an M4 carbine.
He said among those picked up was a female medical laboratory student.
She was arrested at Kuala Lumpur International Airport when she arrived after having been deported from Turkey.
A source said the student, 26, had planned to enter Syria to wed Ismail Hossein, a Malaysian IS militant based there.
“She knew Ismail and Wanndy through Facebook. They communicated via the WhatsApp and Telegram mobile applications.
“She flew to Turkey in August last year, but Turkish authorities foiled her plan.
“She was arrested while awaiting instructions from Wanndy to cross into Syria.”
On April 20, police nabbed a man, 41, and woman, 32, in Malacca and Johor, respectively.
Khalid said the unemployed man had been involved with IS in Syria, while the woman, who is an engineering assistant in a factory, promoted IS via the Google+ application.
The last to be nabbed was an unemployed man, 41, in Penang on April 25. He was also found to have been actively promoting IS through 15 Facebook accounts, and had done so since 2014.
Khalid said the man had also planned to launch an attack at Shia mosque in Penang.
Two of the six arrested over alleged links to Islamic State.
One of the six arrested over alleged links to Islamic State.