A Bangladeshi cleaner was arrested in Malaysian anti-terror operation on December 19, according to a report of the Star Online, a Malaysian online newspaper, published on Friday.
The Bangladeshi national, in his thirties, was among other two Malaysians and three foreigners, including a Singaporean, was detained on suspicion of being involved with terrorist groups, said the country’s inspector general of police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun in a statement on Friday.
He said that the six men were detained in multiple drives in Johor, Selangor and Sabah between December 19 last year and January 28 this year.
The IGP said the first person arrested was a 48-year-old Singaporean businessman in Johor Baru on December 19.
‘He was in constant contact with Malaysian Islamic State (IS) militant leader Akel Zainal, who is in Syria.
‘He even channelled funds to Akel while receiving orders to recruit new militants to launch an attack on a freemason building in Johor Baru,’ he said in a statement on Friday.
‘The suspect has been handed over to Singaporean authorities on January 7,’ the IGP said.
The second arrest also took place on December 19 in Klang, where a 31-year-old Bangladeshi cleaner was detained.
‘We believe he is an avid supporter of IS and had been tasked with recruiting militants for the terror group,’ he said.
Mohamad Fuzi said the third series of arrests was on two Malaysians in Sepang on January 10, who had been deported from a foreign country for their involvement with IS.
The next arrest on January 19 was on a 21-year-old Filipino man, a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group.
‘The suspect was arrested in Kota Kinabalu. We believe he sneaked into the country in March last year.
The country’s top cop said the last man arrested was a 26-year-old South Asian in Puchong on January 28.
Mohamad Fuzi said all suspects were detained under the Security Measures (Special Offences) Act (Sosma) 2012.
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