13 Malaysian In Connection With IS Detained

This Tuesday, thirteen individuals who were involved with the Islamic State (IS) and its militant activities in Syria and Iraq were detained in Shah Alam. The Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakr informed that the group of men was arrested from a restaurant in Shah Alam after the police discovered their plans of going to Syria and Iraq through Turkey.

“Initial investigations revealed that they had prepared to go to Syria and Iraq through Iran,” added Khalid. Before this, the police had strictly warned the individuals after the investigations showed their plans to go to these countries. The 13 individuals comprised of students, labourers and factory workers. They are being investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) according to Sun Daily.

“We also have detected a few individuals who influenced our people to go there via Facebook and other websites. We collaborated with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to detect the individuals involved and also the websites recruiting Malaysians to join the IS militants,” added Khalid. “I am warning those who plan to go to Syria and Iraq to stop their plans and to help the police instead,” said Khalid adding, “If they want to perform a jihad they don’t have to go overseas. They can just do it here by assisting the country in our effort to curb crime and, besides, it is purer to do so.”

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