KUALA LUMPUR: Police managed to rescue three family members of a Malaysian Islamic State (IS) terrorist left stranded in Syria and brought them back safely to Malaysia on Oct 6.
Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the process of bringing the woman and her two children, aged two and five, back to Malaysia took almost one month.
He said the mission was made possible with the cooperation of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organisation, which constantly exchanged and shared information with the Malaysian police.
According to Fuzi, police began plans to bring home the family following the death of the woman’s husband, who was a Daesh fighter, in February.
“So far, 102 Malaysians suspected of joining IS have been found stranded in Syria.
“Out of that number, 37 are dead, including the mastermind,” he said in Bukit Aman, here, today.
Present were Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division principal assistant director Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.
Fuzi also called on Malaysians in Syria who wished to return to submit their requests to the authorities.
“I urge those (Malaysians) who are in Syria to get in touch with the Malaysian police. We will try our best to help those who wish to return to their families and homes.
“Their struggle for IS in Syria is in vain,” he said, adding that police would also help arrange for their flight tickets to return home through Turkey.