Cops nab another 3 linked to planned terror attack on temples, churches

The arrest of the trio follows the arrest of four suspected IS members who were allegedly planning to carry out attacks and high-profile murders in the country.

PETALING JAYA: Police have nabbed the remaining suspects, including two Malaysians, linked to a group that was said to be planning to carry out attacks and high-profile murders in the country.

Inspector General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said Muhammad Syazani Mahzan, a burger seller, and farmer Muhamad Nuurul Amin Azizan were arrested on May 14 after turning themselves in.

They are alleged to be Islamic State (IS) supporters.

Hamid said the two suspects, along with Muhammad Izham Razani, also from Kedah – who was detained on Nov 22 – were believed to have trained in bomb-making in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, last year.

Syazani was suspected of wanting to carry out a suicide attack on a non-Muslim house of worship, he said in a statement.

The third suspect, Indonesian Nuruddin Alele @ Fatir Ir, was nabbed on the same day in Banting, Selangor.

Fatir, 34, is said to be part of the IS “wolf pack” who were allegedly planning to carry out attacks on Hindu and Buddhist temples as well as churches.

The arrest of the trio follows the arrest of four suspected IS members who were allegedly planning to carry out attacks and high-profile murders in the country.

They were nabbed in Terengganu and the Klang Valley last week.

Police said they had allegedly been planning the murders in a bid to seek justice for fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim who died after sustaining injuries during the Sri Maha Mariamman temple riots in Subang Jaya last year.

The suspects confessed they were part of an IS wolf pack cell and had been preparing to launch attacks in the country during the first week of Ramadan as revenge for Adib’s death, according to police.