Malaysia, 1 Sept: In a bid to save many lives, three ISIS terrorist have been arrested in Malaysia who were planning to attack on a famous Hindu temple in Batu Caves, entertainment outlets and police stations across the country and that is on the occasion of Independence Day.
The Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division in the city, Selangor and Pahang between August 27 and August 29 arrested the three, police said on Wednesday.
Batu Caves are home to famous Hindu temple and shrines dedicated to Lord Murugan.
“The first suspect – a 20-year-old man – was detained in Selangor on August 27 with a K75 grenade and a pistol along with 9mm bullets. We believe he obtained the weapons from a middleman,” Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said in a statement today.
The two other suspects, aged 27 and 20, were detained on August 29.
“They were planning to go to Syria once they managed to attack the targets,” he added.
Police stated that they had seized a grenade and a handgun with 24 bullets from one of the suspects, who works as a lorry driver. The two others worked as a butcher and a drinks seller.
As per Khalid statement, the three suspects were working on the behest of Islamic State militant Mohamad Wanndy Mohamad Jedi, a Malaysian known to be fighting with Islamic State in Syria and is seen as the man responsible for ordering a grenade attack in June on a bar on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, the Islamist group’s first successful assault in Malaysia.
Earlier this month, Malaysia has revoked the passports of 68 Malaysians who have been identified as leaving the country to join Islamic State. Police intelligence reportedly said in March that 18 Malaysians had been killed while fighting with the group in Syria, and that seven others were killed carrying out suicide attacks for the group.
There have not been no reports of Malaysian Islamic State fighters returning home.
Authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia have been on high alert since Islamic State-linked militants carried out an armed attack in the capital of neighbouring Indonesia in January.
In June, Islamic State released a video of its fighters from Southeast Asia calling on its supporters to unify under one umbrella group and launch attacks in the region.
A total of 230 people, including 200 Malaysians, were held between 2013 and early August this year in connection with the militant activities linked to Islamic State.