IS linked to Malaysia grenade at­tack: po­lice

The Myanmar Times - - World -

MALAYSIAN po­lice said yes­ter­day a re­cent hand grenade at­tack on a restau­rant was linked to the Is­lamic State group, af­ter ini­tially say­ing the in­ci­dent was not ter­ror-re­lated.

“There were el­e­ments of IS in­volve­ment in the at­tack,” po­lice chief Khalid Abu Bakar told re­porters.

Eight peo­ple were in­jured when a hand grenade was thrown at a restau­rant in Malaysia’s cen­tral Se­lan­gor state on June 28, in an as­sault po­lice ini­tially de­scribed as re­lated to a busi­ness ri­valry or as a re­venge at­tack.

Two Malaysian men have now been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent, while two more suspects were on the run.

“We found out that the two of them re­ceived in­struc­tions from one of our own cit­i­zens in Syria ... to con­duct at­tacks,” Mr Khalid said.

Thir­teen other Malaysians, in­clud­ing two “low-level po­lice­men”, have also been ar­rested over sus­pi­cions of ter­ror­ism-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties un­re­lated to the Se­lan­gor in­ci­dent.

Malaysia has not seen any no­table ter­ror at­tacks in re­cent years. But con­cern has risen in the multi-faith na­tion, with au­thor­i­ties say­ing scores of Malaysians had gone to join the IS in Syria and Iraq.

The coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion says the govern­ment shrouds its an­titer­ror fight in se­crecy, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to gauge the ac­tual threat level.

Malaysian po­lice have reg­u­larly an­nounced IS-re­lated ar­rests but typ­i­cally of­fer few de­tails.

In April last year, 17 peo­ple were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of plot­ting ter­ror at­tacks in Kuala Lumpur.

In 2014, po­lice said they had foiled an IS-in­spired plot to bomb pubs, dis­cos and a Malaysian brew­ery of Dan­ish beer pro­ducer Carls­berg, ar­rest­ing more than a dozen peo­ple.

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