Malaysian police arrest four over terror links

KUALA LUMPUR (Xinhua) – Malaysian police arrested four individuals affiliated to several militant groups including one man who uploaded a video threatening to kill the President of Bangladesh, Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said yesterday.

The suspects, all foreigners aged between 24 and 54, were arrested by police in operations between June and early July, Abdul Hamid said in a statement.

Two of the suspects are members of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), an ethnic Rohingya terrorist organisation based in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

“The suspect had been arrested for uploading one video threatening to kill the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina on social media. The suspect had been arrested three times prior for entering Malaysia illegally, using fake documents and involvement in human trafficking,” he said.

The second ARSA member was picked up for lending support to the organisation and had been working as a religious teacher in the northern Malaysian state of Kedah.

Two Rohingya people, including one ARSA member were arrested by police in May for planning attacks on places of worship and entertainment outlets, having stockpiled bombs and firearms.

The remaining suspects included a Filipino member of the Abu Sayyaf militant group who had been involved in kidnapping for ransom and one Indian national who had provided funds to the Babbar Khalsa International, a militant group based in India’s Punjab state.

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador speaks during a press conference. – BERNAMA