KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Twelve individuals who were suspected to be involved with the Daesh group and planning to launch attacks on political party leaders and the public were detained in a special operation by the Anti-Terrorist Division of Bukit Aman.
The group, who had set up new Daesh cells in the country by promoting it in the social media, planned to launch attacks in Malaysia and Indonesia after having succeeded to recruit members.
Principal Assistant Director of the Anti-Terrorism Division (E8) of Bukit Aman Special Branch, Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said those who were detained comprised a local man, 10 Indonesian men and a woman also from Indonesia.
“The Malaysian suspects planned to carry out the attacks on political party leaders (in the country) as well as the public,” he said at a press conference at Bukit Aman, yesterday.
He said all of them, who were between the ages of 22 and 36, were arrested during special operations from September 14 to yesterday at several places around Miri in Sarawak, Penang, Pahang, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Johor.