KUALA LUMPUR: Four Malaysians, including a married couple, have been detained over their alleged involvement with the Islamic State (IS), said Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic).
The Inspector-General of Police said three of the suspects, including the married couple, were arrested by Turkish authorities as they were trying to sneak into Syria on Nov 15 last year, while another individual was arrested at the Setiawangsa LRT station on Friday by Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division personnel.
The fourth suspect – a 28-year-old man from Terengganu – was planning to carry out a suicide attack.
“The three suspects arrested in Gaziantep, Turkey were sent back to Malaysia last Monday.
“They were recruited by Malaysian militant Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi also known as Abu Hamzah, through Facebook and Telegram. He had also arranged for their passage to Syria,” Khalid said in a statement on Saturday.
“He had received orders from an IS leader in Syria to target Malaysia.
“This man was also responsible for putting up IS flags in Terengganu, Perak, Selangor and Johor,” Khalid said, adding that the flags were intended to warn authorities against taking action on IS members.
All four suspects were detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).