45 FOR­EIGN TER­ROR­ISTS AR­RESTED HERE

They were mem­bers of var­i­ous ter­ror­ist groups world­wide

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FORTY-FIVE ter­ror­ists have been ar­rested in Malaysia this year. Those de­tained were sus­pected of be­ing mem­bers of var­i­ous ter­ror­ist groups world­wide.

The ma­jor­ity of them (30) were Is­lamic State mem­bers, with three iden­ti­fied as south­ern Iraqi com­man­ders.

The oth­ers com­prise nine Abu Sayyaf mem­bers, three from the Fe­tul­lah Ter­ror­ist Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Feto), one an Al­ba­nian mil­i­tant af­fil­i­ated with IS, while an­other is linked to Bangladeshi ter­ror group Ja­maatul Mu­jahideen.

The ar­rests were made by the fed­eral po­lice’s Spe­cial Branch Counter-Ter­ror­ism Di­vi­sion from Jan­uary to Oct 6.

Thir­teen have been brought to court, 12 were de­ported back to their re­spec­tive coun­tries, seven freed, and one de­tained un­der the Pre­ven­tion of Ter­ror­ism Act 2015.

Twelve more are still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Mo­hamad Fuzi Harun, an­nounc­ing the de­vel­op­ment yes­ter­day, said the ar­rests were proac­tive mea­sures taken by po­lice af­ter in­tel­li­gence re­vealed that IS rem­nants had been in­structed to in­fil­trate other coun­tries to launch at­tacks af­ter los­ing their bases in the bat­tle­grounds of Iraq and Syria.

“In­tel­li­gence also con­firmed that IS is co­op­er­at­ing with other ter­ror­ist groups, such as ASG and Ja­maatul Mu­jahideen, which have sent their mem­bers to launch at­tacks in Malaysia,” he said.

Fuzi said Abu Sayyaf mil­i­tants were sent to launch at­tacks in Malaysia, while other ter­ror­ists were seek­ing shel­ter, col­lect­ing funds and plan­ning to ei­ther launch at­tacks here or use Malaysia as their base of op­er­a­tions.

“The po­lice’s success in this op­er­a­tion was the re­sult of ro­bust co­op­er­a­tion with for­eign in­tel­li­gence and en­force­ment agen­cies in ex­chang­ing in­for­ma­tion.

“We will con­tinue to mon­i­tor and take ac­tion against for­eign ter­ror­ist fight­ers to en­sure that all at­tacks are stopped,” he said.

Fuzi said po­lice would con­tinue to mon­i­tor and take pre­ven­tive ac­tion against ter­ror­ists to en­sure that any at­tempt to launch at­tacks in Malaysia could be re­pulsed.

“Ef­forts to tackle the threat posed by for­eign ter­ror­ists are not sim­ple, as they need co­op­er­a­tion be­tween po­lice and for­eign en­force­ment and in­tel­li­gence agen­cies.

“If these threats are not tack­led ef­fec­tively, they can jeop­ar­dise the se­cu­rity and pub­lic or­der in Malaysia.”

PIC COUR­TESY OF PO­LICE

The for­eign ter­ror­ist fight­ers, af­fil­i­ated with the Is­lamic State, who have been brought to court.

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