KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar says police recently managed to foil a terrorist attack by an Indonesian man.
He said police caught the man in Slim River, Perak, on June 12 for involvement in the Islamic State (IS).
“He had planned to attack the police,” he told reporters at a function in Bukit Aman today. No other details were given.
Asked about the arrests made in Sandakan yesterday, Khalid confirmed that police had arrested two Indonesians and a native Sabahan who were planning to join IS fighters in Marawi, Philippines.
“We managed to track them down and arrest them before they could leave for Marawi city,” he said.
Philippine security forces are fighting to dislodge up to 200 Islamic State-inspired terrorists who are holding up in Marawi city. The battle has been going on for more than three weeks.
Khalid said police had also seized documents showing support for IS.
“In Sandakan, police seized three rambo knives that they had just bought to attack the police if they were arrested,” he added.
He said those arrested were between the ages of 30 and 48.
“They are odd job workers. The Indonesians had passports.
“They will be charged under the Penal Code and the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).”
He added that from now until the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in August, police would be on high alert for any terrorist threat.
Reports yesterday said police had arrested two people in Sandakan suspected of terror links.
Pictures and footage of the dramatic arrest which reportedly took place near the Masjid Jamek As-Sheikh Hasabollah in the Sabah east coast town have been circulating on social media.
In the video, which appeared to have been taken by a passerby, a team of armed men with the word “Polis” emblazoned on their vests can be seen forcing some people to the ground while others guard the area.
The azan can be heard in the background, indicating that the arrests occurred either during zuhur prayer time (12.18pm) or during asar (3.43pm).