‘ Ga­gak Hi­tam’ IS sus­pects nabbed in six states

> Six­teen men, in­clud­ing a for­eigner, de­tained in na­tion­wide op­er­a­tion

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: In a na­tion­wide op­er­a­tion, po­lice ar­rested 15 Malaysians and a for­eigner sus­pected of ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the sus­pects, all males, were nabbed in Se­lan­gor, Ke­lan­tan, Perak, Kedah, Pe­nang and Sabah and are said to be from the Is­lamic State (IS) ter­ror cell co­de­named “Ga­gak Hi­tam”.

“They are from the Ga­gak Hi­tam cell that is led by mil­i­tant Muham­mad Wan­ndy Mo­hamed Jedi who is among the three Malaysian fire­brands of IS and who is the mas­ter­mind be­hind the grenade at­tack on the Movida pub in Pu­chong on June 28,” he said in a press state­ment.

Khalid said all 16 ar­rested, aged 20 to 38, were re­cruited on­line by Wan­ndy and have been chan­nel­ing funds to him.

One of the sus­pects was a 20year-old stu­dent from a pub­lic higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tion in Jo­hor who had fled the coun­try to join IS in Syria but was thwarted by Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties on Sept 8 in Is­tan­bul.

“He went to Is­tan­bul on Sept 7 but was de­tained by Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties based on in­for­ma­tion from our Counter Ter­ror­ism Di­vi­sion.

“He planned to se­cure safe pas­sage to Syria via Turkey,” Khalid said.

The sus­pect was turned over to Malaysian au­thor­i­ties on Sept 22.

“The for­eign sus­pect, who is from a North African coun­try, was al­leged to have been a mem­ber of the Ja­ha­bat Al Nusra group in Syria,” he said.

... Pero­dua Sales Sdn Bhd manag­ing direc­tor Za­hari Husin sounds the air horn to flag off the 3km Pero­dua Fun Walk at the na­tional car maker's 500-acre com­pound in Rawang, Se­lan­gor, yes­ter­day in con­junc­tion with Na­tional Sports Day. With him is Pero­dua ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Taka­masa Kuri­nami. The event saw some 1,000 staff and busi­ness part­ners tak­ing part.

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