They were nabbed in Cy­ber­jaya sweep

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UP to 57 for­eign­ers were de­tained for fail­ure to pro­duce travel doc­u­ments or over­stay­ing dur­ing op­er­a­tions con­ducted by the Fed­eral Po­lice’s Counter-Ter­ror­ism Divi­sion (E8) in Cy­ber­jaya last night.

Over­all, 290 for­eign­ers were rounded up and brought to the Sepang district po­lice head­quar­ters, where, based on the In­ter­pol For­eign Fight­ers Ter­ror­ist List, the Counter Ter­ror­ist List, the Spe­cial Branch Lookup List, they were screened by the Na­tional Regis­tra­tion Depart­ment, the Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment and Ed­u­ca­tion Malaysia Global Ser­vices.

Among the de­tained were those from Ye­men (50) , Pak­istan (3), Syria (32), Bangladesh (29), In­dia (27), Nepal (22), Pales­tine (17), Su­dan (10), In­done­sia (7), Libya (6), Nige­ria (6), Saudi Ara­bia (5), Sri Lanka (5), Iran (5), Iraq (6), Al­ge­ria (4), Sene­gal (4), So­ma­lia (3), Philip­pines (2), Ghana (2), Le­banon (2), Mau­ri­ta­nia (2), Egypt (2), Ta­jik­istan (2), Guinea (1), Jor­dan (1), Kaza­khstan (1), Tu­nisia (1), Turk­menistan (1), Afghanistan (1) and China (1).

Of the to­tal, 98 are stu­dents of Lim Kok Wing Univer­sity, Mul­ti­me­dia Univer­sity, UCSI Univer­sity, FTMS Global Col­lege, Univer­siti Ke­bangsaan Malaysia and Univer­siti Malaysia Pa­hang.

The op­er­a­tions were con­ducted against for­eign­ers sus­pected of hold­ing false doc­u­ments or with­out valid travel doc­u­ments, or hav­ing links to in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ist groups, es­pe­cially groups op­er­at­ing in Syria and Iraq.

Dur­ing the op­er­a­tions, the po­lice’s E8, along with the In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity and Pub­lic Order Depart­ment, the Foren­sics Depart­ment, the K9 unit, and the Spe­cial Ac­tion Unit and the Bomb Dis­posal Unit were de­ployed to Neo Cy­ber, Cy­ber­jaya at 9pm.

The op­er­a­tion used per­sonal ra­di­a­tion de­vices (PRD) to de­tect ra­dioac­tive ma­te­ri­als.

A to­tal of 95 PRDs, eight ra­di­a­tion back­packs and eight hand­held iden­ti­fiers were used dur­ing the op­er­a­tion. The PRDs, cost­ing about €5,000 (RM25,173) each, is a sen­si­tive de­vice which can de­tect ra­di­a­tion within a 50m ra­dius, and that those packed in back­packs can be used to scan even larger ar­eas.

The for­eign­ers de­tained by the Fed­eral Po­lice’s Counter-Ter­ror­ism Divi­sion in Cy­ber­jaya.

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