Malaysian po­lice ar­rest 10 sus­pected of fos­ter­ing links to the Is­lamic State

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Ten Malaysians have been ar­rested for cul­ti­vat­ing sus­pected links with the Is­lamic State group and plan­ning at­tacks in the coun­try, po­lice said.

Malaysia’s na­tional po­lice chief Khalid Abu Bakar said late Thurs­day that the 10 in­di­vid­u­als were al­legedly “plan­ning to ob­tain weapons to launch at­tacks in the coun­try and ar­range lo­gis­tics for Malaysians to join the IS in Syria.” He did not elab­o­rate on de­tails of the al­leged at­tack plots. The eight men and two women, aged be­tween 24 and 42, were ar­rested on Wed­nes­day in var­i­ous parts of the Mus­lim­ma­jor­ity coun­try, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial state­ment.

Among the 10 were a kinder­garten teacher, a for­mer in­te­rior de­signer and two civil ser­vants. The re­main­ing six sus­pects were mem­bers of state se­cu­rity forces, po­lice said.

Author­i­ties say dozens of Malaysians have trav­eled to Syria to fight in the civil war there, and have warned of rad­i­cals re­turn­ing home to stage at­tacks.

Over the past year, po­lice have ar­rested nu­mer­ous sus­pects whom they say were IS sym­pa­thiz­ers plot­ting such at­tacks.

How­ever, op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers say author­i­ties have been re­luc­tant to share in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the ar­rests or pro­vide de­tails about po­ten­tial terror threats.

Se­nior counter-ter­ror­ism of­fi­cial Ayob Khan My­din Pitchay told AFP in June that author­i­ties had so far ar­rested 108 peo­ple who had sus­pected links to IS or were try­ing to travel to Syria or Iraq.

Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity Malaysia prac­tices a mod­er­ate brand of Is­lam and has not seen any no­table terror at­tacks in re­cent years.

But con­cern has risen in the multi-faith na­tion over grow­ing hard­line Is­lamic views and the coun­try’s po­ten­tial as a mil­i­tant breed­ing ground.

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