Seven suspected ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants, including one who threatened to kill the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the country’s top leaders have been detained.
According to the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, the suspects—four Malaysians and three Indonesians—were held in Terengganu, Selangor, Perak and Johor in a special operation held from 12 July till 17 July.
The first arrest made on 12 July was a 26-year-old Indonesian man, who’s a member of Negara Islam Indonesia (NII) extremist group in Terengganu. He received weapons for training in Bandung between 2015 and 2018. He was planning to take his Malaysian wife and his family to Syria to join the Islamic State.
The second arrest was made on a 27-year-old Indonesian as well, in Petaling Jaya. He’s an ISIS member, and 100 videos and 90 images of the extremist group was found on his mobile phone. He’s thought to have been actively promoting ISIS on social media and planned to join them in Syria.
Subsequently, the next arrests involved a 42-year-old Malaysian man and his 24-year-old wife on 16 July. The woman wired RM4,000 to militant Muhammad Nasrullah Latif, aka Abu Gomez. On his Facebook post, he had threatened to kill the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, Prime Minster Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusuf Rawa.
According to Tan Sri Mohammad Harun, the suspect said that the doesn’t feel that the country is governed based on Islamic teachings.