Police arrest 14 IS suspects

23 Jul 2016 / 19:39 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division arrested 14 suspected Islamic State (IS) militants, including a woman, following raids launched nationwide.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the suspects were detained by the police in Selangor, Perak, Kedah, Pulau Pinang and Sabah between July 14 and Wednesday.
The 14 aged between 20 to 49 years comprised of four unemployed individuals, three self-employed, two individuals working as cooks at a franchise restaurant in the Klang Valley, two private companies' employees.
The remaining three includes a mechanic, welder and a private university student respectively.
"12 out of the total suspects detained belonged to the same cell and were suspected of taking orders from known militant Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi to launch attacks in the country.
"We (police) also seized an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) weighing about 1kg in an undisclosed location," Khalid said in a statement today.
He said one of the suspects also admitted to sharing knowledge of how to make an IED with other militants through the Telegram social media application.
"Muhammad Wandy is also suspected of supplying him (the suspect) with a pistol to defend himself against the police," he added.
Meanwhile, another suspect, 49, who was arrested in Kedah was one of the main members of IS and was active in recruiting members through secret "usrah" (religious) talks in Sik, Kedah.
"One of his recruits was Abu Ghani Yaacob @ Abu Kedah who was killed in Syria on April 17," Khalid added.
In Perak, a 43-year-old woman was arrested for active in promoting IS propaganda and was planning to go to the southern Philippines with the help of Dr Mahmud Ahmad, a militant in Abu Sayyaf group.
The suspects were detained under chapter VIA - Offences Related to Terrorism, Act 574 Penal Code and will be investigated following the procedure under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Act 747).


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