COPS STOP GUN-SMUG­GLING PIPE­LINE, POS­SI­BLE PE­NANG MOSQUE AT­TACK

They crip­pled weapon-sup­ply­ing cell, averted bomb at­tack on a Pe­nang mosque

New Straits Times - - Front Page - OLICE ar­rested six sus­pected mem­bers of Is­lamic State (IS) in March and April, crip­pling a fac­tion sup­ply­ing weapons into the coun­try for the ter­ror group and avert­ing a bomb at­tack on a mosque in Pe­nang. Sources said the gun-sup­ply­ing fac­tion was al­lege

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PThai­land for use by IS units in Malaysia.

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.

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