Malaysia: Eight men, two women arrested for alleged jihadi terror plot

by 1389 on May 1, 2014

in 1389 (blog admin), al-Qaeda, Islamic terrorism, Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), Malaysia

WSJ: Malaysia Says Another Person Arrested in Alleged Terror Plots

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A top Malaysian official said on Tuesday that the country’s anti-terrorism unit has detained a tenth person for allegedly plotting terrorist activities.

Home Minister Ahmad Zahid  Hamidi told reporters that the 10 suspects allegedly have links with the al Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist groups. Authorities announced they had detained nine suspects on Monday.

Mr. Ahmad Zahid said police had been monitoring a group the 10 suspects belonged to since October after intelligence reports  showed they had received military-type training. The minister did not elaborate on where the suspects allegedly had received the training.

They are being investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 authorities said. The act allows police to detain suspects for up to 28 days during investigations into internal security issues, including public order, acts of terrorism, sabotage and espionage.

The 10 suspects – eight men and two women — were not named and could not be reached for comment. Authorities said they were from the states of Kedah, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur and were between the ages of 25 to 56.

“Intelligence reports received  showed they have a network outside the country  and this group received military-style  training  from within and outside the country,” said Mr. Ahmad Zahid, whose comments were translated by The Wall Street Journal from Bahasa Malaysia.

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