Malaysia arrested three ISIS supporters ahead of Independence Day
Three supporters of the Islamic State were arrested on suspicion for planning several attacks in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, ahead of Independence Day celebrations, Malaysian police said on Wednesday.
During a three-day police operation on August 27-29 three men were detained. They are believed to receive instructions from Malaysian Islamic State fighter Muhammad Wanndy Muhammad Jedi.
They were supposed to attack an entertainment center, a Hindu temple and a police station on Tuesday on the eve of Independence Day celebrations. After the attacks they were planning to join ISIS in Syria."All three suspects were planning to leave for Syria to join the Islamic State terrorist group ... after successfully carrying out the attacks,"
Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said in a statement.
A grenade and a handgun with 24 bullets were seized by police from one of the suspects was working as a lorry driver. Two others worked as a butcher and a drinks seller.
From the beginning of 2013 Malaysian police has detained nearly 230 people, including 200 Malaysians, involved in activities linked to Islamic State.