LAST_UPDATESun, 24 Jun 2018 11am

45 Terrorist Foreign Terrorist Fighters Detained In M'sia This Year: IGP

KUALA LUMPUR: The police have detained a total of 45 foreign terrorist fighters in several special operations conducted this year.

Inspector-General of police Tan Seri Muhamad Fuzi Harun (pix) said that nine of those detained were from the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and three from the Turkish Fettulah group (which is listed as a terrorist group by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation).

Another was from an Albanian terror cell linked with the Islamic State (IS) and the last was from the Mujahideen in Bangladesh.

The remaining 31 were from the IS cells around the world, including three commanders from the Iraqi IS cell.

"The arrests were made between January and October this year," he said in a statement.

The arrests were based on intelligence that these fighters, primarily based in Syria and Iraq, who were tasked to infiltrate Malaysia and plan attacks.

Fuzi said that thirteen of them have been charged under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) while 12 others have been deported back to their respective countries to face further action.

"One of the suspects had been detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and 12 others are being investigated still. While seven other suspects have been released," he said.

According to Fuzi, apart from planning attacks on Malaysian soil, these terrorists were also using Malaysia as a base for operations, to collect funds and as a hideout.

"With the cooperation of foreign authorities, intelligence and enforcement agencies, we were able to apprehend these fighters," he said.

He said that the police will keep their ear to the ground and continue to take action on foreign terror elements that are infiltrating the country.

- theSun