Cops arrest trio linked to Islamic State

A 42-year-old Malaysian was arrested at KLIA while trying to fly off to Egypt to join the IS. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Police have arrested three men over their suspected involvement with Islamic State.

The three men, who were arrested between May 17 and 30, comprise a Malaysian, an Indonesian and a Bangladeshi, Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said today.

Hamid said the first man, a 42-year-old Malaysian, was arrested at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) while trying to fly off to Egypt to join the IS before going into Syria.

“The suspect holds strongly to the Salafi jihadi ideology when rejecting the country’s parliamentary democracy. He does not recognise the Malaysian government and the religious institutions, which he labels as kafir.

“He also believes that Muslims involved in elections are kafirs and can therefore be murdered,” he said in a statement.

Hamid said the suspect had also pledged his allegiance to Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi, a leader of the IS terror group through Facebook

Hamid said the second arrest was made on May 26, involving a 20-year-old Indonesian working as a labourer, who had also pledged his allegiance to Abu Bakar, this time through Telegram.

Marwan, an Indonesian, in his 30s, who last stayed at Kampung Keritan Laut, Keningau, Sabah

“He is believed to be acting as a facilitator for IS members in Indonesia who transit in Sabah before going off to the Philippines on suicide missions.

“The suspect is also believed to have channelled funds to the Maute terrorist group in southern Philippines, and had also planned to go on a jihad to Syria,” he said.

The third arrest, involving a 28-year-old Bangladeshi, took place in Kuala Kedah, Kedah.

The suspect, a mechanic, is believed to have supported the IS branch in Bangladesh and is said to own chemicals and possess the expertise to produce improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The counter-terrorism unit is now seeking a fourth person by the name of Marwan, an Indonesian in his 30s, who last stayed at Kampung Keritan Laut, Keningau, Sabah.