Malaysia says 45 foreign terrorists arrested this year

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/10/14 1:27:18

Malaysian police said Friday that 45 foreign terrorist fighters had been arrested so far this year as the country strengthens efforts to fend off terrorist threat.

The terrorists were detained in a series of proactive operations by the police counter-terrorism unit from January to Oct. 6 this year, Malaysian police chief Mohamad Fuzi Bin Harun said in a statement.

Of the total, 31 were believed to be involved in the Islamic State (IS) group including three Iraqis who were commanders in Southern Iraq, nine were believed to have links with the Abu Sayyaf group based in Southern Philippines, while the remaining were related to other terrorist groups, said Mohamad Fuzi.

Among them, 13 have been charged while 12 were deported back to their home countries.

The police operations were based on intelligence that IS members from different countries who previously operated in Iraq and Syria had started to sneak out after IS lost a huge part of areas it controlled, and they were ordered to infiltrate into other countries to launch attacks, said the police chief.

Intelligence also confirmed that foreign fighters had joined IS cells in Southeast Asia or those like Abu Sayyaf, he added.

Malaysian police have recently arrested several Abu Sayyaf members believed to be plotting attacks in the capital of Kuala Lumpur.

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