45 for­eign ter­ror­ists de­tained – IGP

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysia Po­lice (PDRM) have de­tained 45 in­di­vid­u­als cat­e­gorised as For­eign Ter­ror­ist Fight­ers (FTF) as a re­sult of its proac­tive ac­tion in launch­ing an op­er­a­tion to track down and ar­rest them as at Oct 6.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Mo­hamad Fuzi Harun said those de­tained were sus­pected of be­ing mem­bers of var­i­ous ter­ror­ist groups world­wide.

He said the proac­tive move was taken based on in­tel­li­gence re­ceived that Daesh el­e­ments from var­i­ous coun­tries, who pre­vi­ously op­er­ated in Iraq and Syria, had left th­ese coun­tries af­ter their group had lost a ma­jor por­tion of the ar­eas con­trolled by them pre­vi­ously.

He said that all of them had been di­rected to in­fil­trate into var­i­ous coun­tries world­wide to launch at­tacks on be­hald of the Daesh.

“The in­tel­li­gence ob­tained had con­firmed that there were for­eign ter­ror­ist groups merg­ing with the Daesh groups whether in South­east Asia or at the global level such as the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and Ja­maatul Mu­jahideen who di­rected their mem­bers to in­fil­trate into Malaysia and launch at­tacks in the coun­try,” he said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

“Out of the 45 FTFs de­tained, nine were sus­pected of be­ing in­volved with the ASG ter­ror­ist group, three were sus­pected to be in­volved in the Fe­tul­lah Turkey ter­ror­ist group (the group listed as ter­ror­ists) by the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC).

“An­other in­di­vid­ual was sus­pected to be in­volved with the Al­ba­nian ter­ror­ist group which has links with the Daesh while one more in­di­vid­ual was sus­pected of be­ing in­volved with the Ja­maatul Mu­jahid­den Bangladesh ter­ror­ist group,” he said.

Mo­hamad Fuzi said the re­main­ing 31 in­di­vid­u­als were FTF from var­i­ous na­tion­al­i­ties sus­pected of be­ing in­volved with the Daesh group in­clud­ing three FTF who were Iraqi na­tion­als who were Daesh com­man­ders in south­ern Iraq.

He said the ac­tion taken against them were that 13 sus­pects were charged in court un­der Chapter VIA – of­fences linked to ter­ror­ism, Pe­nal Code and investigation ac­cord­ing to pro­ce­dures un­der the Se­cu­rity Of­fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act 2012.

“Twelve sus­pects had been de­ported to their coun­tries of ori­gin for fol­low-up ac­tion by the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties while one sus­pect had been slapped with a de­ten­tion or­der un­der the Preven­tion of Ter­ror­ism Act (Pota) 2015,” he added.

Mo­hamad Fuzi said seven in­di­vid­u­als had been re­leased while an­other 12 sus­pects were still un­der po­lice investigation.

“ASG ter­ror­ists who en­tered Malaysia are sus­pected of plan­ning to launch at­tacks in this coun­try while other FTF el­e­ments ave in­fil­trated into the coun­try whether to seek pro­tec­tion, to col­lect funds, launch at­tacks in this coun­try or to turn Malaysia as an op­er­a­tional base for them to launch at­tacks on third coun­tries,” he said.

He said the suc­cess of the PDRM in the op­er­a­tion to pre­vent this was the re­sult of close co­op­er­a­tion with in­tel­li­gence agen­cies and for­eign en­force­ment agen­cies in terms of ex­chang­ing in­tel­li­gence in­for­ma­tion.

Mo­hamad Fuzi said the PDRM would con­tinue to mon­i­tor and take pre­ven­tive ac­tion on the pres­ence of for­eign ter­ror­ist el­e­ments to en­sure that any at­tempt to launch at­tacks in Malaysia by the FTF could be re­pulsed.

“Ef­forts to tackle the threats posed by FTF ter­ror­ist el­e­ments are not sim­ple as they need co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the PDRM and for­eign en­force­ment and in­tel­li­gence agen­cies.

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

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