Six arrested in Malaysia over alleged Islamic State links

nsnbc : Malaysian police, on Wednesday, said six Malaysian citizens had been arrested over suspected activities involving the so-called Islamic State. The six suspects, four men and two women, were arrested in a series of counter-terrorism operations in several Malaysian states between March 24 and April 25.

CarBombISISPolice stated that one of the two female suspects was detained by Turkish authorities in February 2017, allegedly when she was trying to join the so-called Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) group in Syria. It is noteworthy that the number of Malaysian ISIS fighters who were killed in Syria reached 30 in January 2017.

The other female suspect was accused of promoting terrorism propaganda through the social media platform Google Plus. It remains to be seen whether her case (no name reported) is actually terrorism related or whether she made use of her right to free speech and information.

Two of the four male suspects have allegedly been smuggling fire arms from southern Thailand to Malaysia. A third male was arrested at the airport after he returned from Syria where he allegedly engaged in militant activities. The fourth was accused of using Facebook to promote terrorism and for allegedly plotting an attack in Malaysia’s northern state of Penang.

Police also said they are still looking for another suspect, the 27-year-old Muhammad Muzaffa Arieff Bin Junaidi, who reportedly managed to flee to southern Thailand with a pistol and two M4 carbines.

CH/L – nsnbc 03,05.2017

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