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Deported militants: SB says don’t worry, Turkish embassy stays mum

 | August 10, 2017

Special Branch says it is monitoring all suspected militants, not just the ones deported from Turkey.

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PETALING JAYA: The Turkish embassy in Kuala Lumpur has remained silent on the allegation that it deported a number of suspected militants to Malaysia.

“We’ll get back to you,” it said in response to FMT’s repeated attempts to contact embassy officials, and even a visit to the embassy itself.

This is despite the fact that it has been almost three months since news of the Turkish government making Malaysia a dumping ground for suspected militants broke out.

The issue was reported by the New Straits Times in May this year, and again on Tuesday by Reuters, which quoted a source as saying that the suspected militants were given an option by Turkish authorities to be deported to Malaysia rather than their last port of call.

These suspects, all foreigners, were deported from Turkey after they were caught trying to enter Syria to join up with the Islamic State (IS), according to a source.

Bukit Aman Special Branch director Mohamad Fuzi Harun however said there was no reason for Malaysians to be worried.

“We are monitoring all suspected militants, not just the ones deported from Turkey.

“So there is no reason to be afraid. We are taking care of our country,” he said to FMT.

Mohamad Fuzi added that foreigners in Malaysia should not “do harmful things to our country”.

However, he refused to comment further.

Although it is not clear how many suspected militants are in the country, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was reported to have said last week that the authorities are searching for at least 16 militants deported from Turkey.

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