Foreign intelligence help sought to bring home Malaysians trapped in Syria

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador.

KUALA LUMPUR: Federal police are working with foreign intelligence agencies to bring home Malaysians suspected of being involved with the Islamic State (Daesh) militant group in Syria, the Inspector-General of Police, Abdul Hamid Bador, said.

The cooperation was an ongoing one, although Malaysian police were facing some constraints in the process.

“We are dealing with problems with getting through the three security points – the one by the Syrians, the United States alliance, and Daesh itself. As such, we are working with foreign intelligence agencies to bring them out… we have to bring them home because they are Malaysians,” he told reporters.

He said the Malaysians now trapped in Syria are believed to be held by certain parties.

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has previously said that the government had yet to make a decision on the pleas for help by Malaysians being held in Syria, suspected to have been involved in terrorism activities.

Muhyiddin had said that the process (to bring them home) must be thought out carefully with regard to security.

Media reports before this stated that 39 Malaysians were now being held in Syria and have contacted the authorities here to find a way to get them home.