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16 November 2018
KUALA LUMPUR: Eight terror suspects, including six members of the notorious kidnap-for-ransom Abu Sayyaf Group, were arrested in a series of raids recently, Malaysian police said on Friday (Nov 16).
The men were arrested in a sting operation conducted by the counter-terrorism division of the police’s Special Branch between Oct 30 and Nov 12 in Sabah and Putrajaya, Inspector-General of Police Fuzi Harun said in a statement.
The suspects comprised seven Filipinos and one Malaysian.
One of the Filipino suspects was arrested in Ranau, Sabah. Police said he was recruiting children in the Philippines to be used as human shields.
“The 35-year-old suspect played the role of recruiting children to join Abu Sayyaf to be used as human shields during fighting with the Philippine military in Basilan,” said Fuzi.
“He has also been involved in beheading hostages held by the Abu Sayyaf,” he added.
The man, who was working as a construction worker, was arrested in a sting operation that also netted another Filipino Abu Sayyaf suspect, aged 46, who was working as a technician.
Both men are also involved in kidnap-for-ransom activities in Sabah and the southern Philippines.
6 October 2018
KUALA LUMPUR: Eight men with suspected terrorist links have been rounded up for suspected activities that threatened national security.
The suspects – seven foreigners and a Malaysian – were detained by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division in Perlis, Kuala Lumpur and Johor on Sept 24.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said on Oct 6 all of the suspects were involved with an Islamic learning centre in Perlis, believed to be promoting extremist teachings.
“They are either students or former teaching staff of the centre.
“We made the arrests after receiving actionable intelligence that a Yemen-based terrorist group is planning to set up a learning centre in South-East Asia to promote the Salafi Jihadi extremist teachings.
“Initial investigations based on intelligence shared by foreign intelligence agencies showed that the suspects had connections with a madrasah in Dammaj, Yemen, set up by Sheikh Muqbil Hadi Al Wadi, a Salafi Jihadi scholar.
“The madrasah follows the Salafi Jihadi teachings that permits the killings of non-Muslims and even Muslims who don’t follow their ways,” he said in a statement on Saturday.
The teachings also labelled the democratic system as “toghut”(un-Islamic), he added.
The IGP said the first series of arrests were made in Perlis on five Europeans and another from the American continent aged between 24 and 38.
“We believe all six have connections with the Islamic State terrorist group, as well as other terror cells in the region.
“They are all students of the learning centre in Perlis,” he said.
The seventh suspect arrested was a 33-year-old Middle-Eastern man in Kuala Lumpur, who was a teacher of the learning centre, said Mohamad Fuzi.
“We believe he has been spreading Salafi Jihadi teachings in the guise of conducting Islamic classes in the Klang Valley,” he said.
The last arrest was on a 32-year-old Malaysian man in Muar, Johor.
“He was a student at the centre in 2014,” he said.
The arrests were made to curb the spread of Salafi Jihadi teachings in Malaysia, added the IGP.
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/10/06/special-branch-detain-7-foreigners-1-msian-with-salafi-jihadi-links/#0YXyrAiVwtyTAayU.99
5 September 2017
Police nabbed 19 suspected terrorists including 8 Abu Sayyaf militants, in major swoops across four states in Malaysia
5 September 2017 | MYT 5:16 PM
19 arrested in anti-terror swoop
KUALA LUMPUR: Police have detained 19 suspected terrorists, including eight Abu Sayyaf militants, in major raids across four states.
The suspects – 11 foreigners and eight Malaysians – were arrested by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division following raids in Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Johor between July 4 and Aug 30.
In the first raid, a 25-year-old Bangladeshi who worked as a temporary teacher at a religious school in Gombak, was arrested in Shah Alam on July 4.
“He is suspected of being a member of Jamatul Muhahideen Bangladesh, which is an Islamic State (IS) affiliate.
“The suspect entered Malaysia on Sept 4 last year under the pretext of furthering his studies,” newly appointed Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said in a statement Tuesday.
The second raid involved the arrests of a Malaysian and two Maldives nationals, who were arrested in Johor Baru on Aug 7 and Aug 9.
“The 40-year-old Malaysian trader was arrested for being in possession of six issues of Dabiq, the official IS newsletter, and a few IS-related articles on his mobile phone.
“The two Maldives men, who worked as air-conditioner technicians, were arrested for using Malaysia and Singapore as a transit point before heading to Syria to join IS,” he said.
The next series of raids on Aug 11 saw a 63-year-old Malaysian retired teacher and two Iraqi nationals arrested in Kelantan and Selangor.
“The retired teacher was arrested in Bachok, Kelantan for actively promoting IS propaganda via his two Facebook accounts, while the two Iraqi nationals – who are siblings – were arrested in Gombak as we suspect they are commanders of an IS cell in southern Iraq,” he said.
The country’s new top cop said the next batch of arrests on Aug 15 and Aug 16 in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor involved a Palestinian man who planned to head to southern Philippines to the IS faction there, and an Iraqi man believed to be linked to an IS-friendly Albanian terror cell.
“We also arrested two Indonesian men, aged 29 and 47, in Petaling Jaya on Aug 25 for actively recruiting militants for IS and who were planning to head to Syria,” he said.
Mohamad Fuzi said the last raid on Aug 30 saw eight members of the Abu Sayyaf group – two Philippines nationals and six Malaysians – arrested in Cheras with the cooperation of the Special Action Unit (UTK).
“The mastermind of this group is a 25-year-old man who sneaked into Sandakan, Sabah and headed to Kuala Lumpur in December, 2015.
7 August 2016
Terrorism threat from Islamic State ‘lone wolves’
Mazlee Malik tells of video urging supporters to launch their own jihad in Malaysia if they could not go to join Islamic State in Mindanao.
KUALA LUMPUR: Experts are warning Malaysians of the threat of terrorism by “self radicalised” lone wolves because of the influence of Daesh (the Islamic State terrorist network) in finding new ways of reaching out through the Internet.
The experts note that Malaysian IS members are asking their countrymen to fight alongside Daesh in the wake of the terrorist group’s “recognition” of the southern Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf as part of the Islamic State “caliphate”.
Dr Maszlee Malik, a political analyst at the International Islamic University Malaysia, said Daesh was now encouraging its supporters to carry out their own “jihad” in their country without any need for organisation.
He said a 21-minute video posted online on June 23 calls on Malaysians to join the “Philippines’ brotherhood” entrusted by IS to lead the “caliphate’s army”.
Featured in the video was Malaysian Mohd Rafi Udin, also known as Abu Aun al-Malysi, who said that sympathisers should launch their own ‘jihad’ on Malaysian soil, using whatever means at their disposal, if they could not go to Mindanao
Mohd Rafi said those who had sworn an oath of allegiance to the ‘caliphate’, even if it was only in their heart, should kill all who were against them, wherever they found them, using any means at hand.
“You have a car, knock them down. You have a weapon or a knife, even a small one, stab them in the chest. Do not be afraid,” he said.
What was clear from the video, said Maszlee, was that IS was encouraging a new method of destruction – the lone wolf attack.
“Lone wolf attacks involve self radicalised individuals who are IS sympathisers. They can launch their own attack and consider it a ‘jihad’.
“This was what happened in Puchong. Rafi Udin’s call was a clear indication that he was giving orders to lone wolves. It was not an organised, well planned attack. A few sympathisers answered the call to launch their own attack,” he said.
The terrorism attack in Paris, which left 12 dead, can also happen in Malaysia, warned Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.
“I came back from Paris and London last month, I had a discussion with their intelligence agencies, what happened was not something unexpected,” he told reporters.
“Don’t take it lightly that what was faced by that country (France) is not impossible for us to face (here),” he said.
As such, he said Malaysia must beef up its security, especially in the Sabah coastal area.
Furthermore, Hishamuddin added that the ministry would raise the national security agenda at the weekly post-cabinet meeting.
Najib and Hadi’s son-in-law mocked over IS gaffe
PARLIAMENT | Najib and Hadi’s son-in-law mocked over IS gaffe http://bit.ly/11YbOHM
The banter began after Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Gelang Patah) and Kamaruddin Jaafar (PAS-Tumpat), when debating the White Paper tabled by Najib, poked fun at the premier who only five months ago asked Umno members to emulate IS’ ‘spirit’.
Najib, in a speech on June 24 to Umno members, had reportedly said: “Whether we agree or not is another matter but Isil with the strength of just 1,300 people, can defeat an Iraqi army of 30,000.
“Four, five (of) three to four star general ran for their lives, jump out the window at night. Why? Because they are afraid of those who are brave”.
IS was formerly known as Isil or Isis.
However, when Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) took to the floor, he shot back that Hadi’s son-in-law Zaharuddin Muhammad had allegedly hailed IS’ advance in the middle east.
“I was surprised when Tumpat said PAS does not allow its members to be in cahoots with IS.
“The PAS president’s son-in-law Zaharuddin openly praised the action by IS on social media – he was happy and excited that IS captured a few towns in Iraq. You can check on social media.
“The PAS president seems to be going in one direction, while his son-in-law is going in another direction,” he said.
Zaharuddin in a June 16 Facebook posting had said: “I don’t know why tears flowed from my eyes after reading news of Isil or Isis’ advance.
“One by one, the districts and areas in Iraq fall into their hands like in Mosul and now they advance on Baghdad.
“The tears are not of sadness – nor am I sure if it is tears of joy – but I’m sure there will be news of the people in Iraq being defended,” he had said.
Malaysians who’ve died fighting in Syria
Malaysia’s proposed anti-terror law to include provisions for rehabilitating militants http://cna.asia/1zsLvVa
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has suggested the creation of a new law to combat terrorism, in addition to strengthening existing legislation.
Speaking to the parliament while tabling a white paper on Wednesday (Nov 26), Mr Najib said the government is concerned with Malaysians returning home after fighting alongside militants in conflict zones. He said there are currently 39 citizens who have joined extremist groups overseas.
Home Minister Zahid Hamidi said the proposed law will be tabled at the next parliamentary session.
The proposed legislation will include provisions for the rehabilitation of militants, added Mr Zahid. He said some Malaysians who have returned home after joining the Islamic State militant group expressed regret, and said they had been deceived.
Mr Najib added that the use of social media to recruit Malaysian militants is concerning, and that it was time for the government to act and stem the influence of the Islamic State group. But he stressed that legislation alone will not curb terrorism, and called on Malaysians to reject extremism and that parents should guide their children.
Malaysian Home Minister
@Zahid_Hamidi says terrorism is a real threat, happening right now
Malaysia up sharply in global terror benchmark with religious extremism in spotlight:
According to the report, Malaysia registers 13 terrorist incidents and two related deaths in a given year. http://bit.ly/1p121f3
Malay Mail Online
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 — Malaysia has climbed 42 places in an international terrorism indicator that has cited religious extremism as the primary cause of terror attacks worldwide.
In the 2014 edition of the Global Terrorism Index produced by the Institute of Economic and Peace, Malaysia is now 48th in a ranking that has Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan at the top, having risen from 90th spot in the 2012 issue of the report.
Malaysia’s score on the index measuring the number of terrorist incidents, fatalities and casualties as well as damage to property has also risen steadily from 2011, going from 0.42 out of a possible 10 to the current 3.04. Ten signifies the highest impact of terrorism.
Although no direct terrorist attacks were recorded in Malaysia, the country has seen a number of its citizens taking up arms in the ongoing revolution in Syria under the banner of the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIL or ISIS).
The country was also once home to several suspected key figures in groups such as al Qaeda offshoot, Jemaah Islamiyah, the terror group blamed for the deadly 2002 Bali bombings and numerous other attacks.
INDONESIA’S release of convicted Jemaah Islamiah (JI) member Taufik Abdul Halim last week has drawn attention to the imminent release of a number of terror detainees from Indonesian jails over the next few years and sparked questions over whether they might return to their old ways.
QUICK TAKE: Former Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) bomb expert Taufik Abdul Halim is now a free man after being granted a pardon by Indonesian President Joko Widodo. He had served 12 years in an Indonesian prison.
Taufik was originally sentenced to death for attempting to bomb a shopping mall in Jakarta on Aug 1, 2001.
The former ISA detainee has now returned to his home in Johor and is said to be under police watch.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi reportedly said that the authorities would make sure Taufik was monitored closely, adding that he would not allow Malaysia to become a transit point for terrorists.
He is of the same level as the mastermind of the 2005 Bali bombings, Noordin Mohammad Top.
Taufik is a professional bomb-maker with plenty of experience. He has been in the business of militancy for years.
We should be wary of the potential threats posed by militants like Taufik and the other 350 ex-JI members released alongside him.