KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Police detained a local man who was believed to be on his way to join the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria yesterday.
The 39-year-old man was detained at the KL International Airport (KLIA) at 5.30am yesterday.
Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the man was believed to be using a transit flight to Brunei before flying to Turkey and subsequently to Syria.
He said the suspect was alone at KLIA when he was detained by Bukit Aman, Special Branch, Counter Terrorism Division.
On October 5, a Malaysian woman, Ummi Khalsom Bahok, 25, an assistant credit controller, was accused of trying to board an AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Brunei Darussalam, and then fly on to Istanbul in Turkey to get married to Aqif Huessin Rahaiza, a member of IS.
She was stopped at the immigration counter at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Khalid said, with the latest arrest, the police had detained 46 individuals who tried to join or assist the militant group.
He said the police were always monitoring individuals or groups who were involved with foreign militants.
“I warn any quarter seeking to use Malaysia as a transit point such as to join the IS militant group in Syria, smuggling drugs, human trafficking and anything which threatens the national peace, will be dealt with severely,” he said.
He said police believed those intending to join IS had a certain network in Southern Philippines, such as for recruiting new members to join the group.